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£61,628raised of £100,000 target by 1036 supporters

Weʼre raising £100,000 to help fund life-extending cancer treatment.

What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is a new type of fundraising where you can raise funds for your own personal cause, even if you're not a registered charity.

The page owner is responsible for the distribution of funds raised.


Who am I?

I'm Joshua Barnfather. I'm 30 years old and I was born with a rare skin condition, Xeroderma Pigmentosum.

This genetic disorder means my skin has a reduced ability to repair DNA damage, specifically that caused by Ultra Violet light.

For my whole life, I've tried to avoid UV light. I've covered up during daylight hours, stayed indoors wherever possible and adjusted my life and environment to protect my skin, and protect my health.

Despite the best efforts of mine and my family, over the course of my life I have developed several skin cancers that had been successfully treated without life-threatening impact; until now.

In February 2017, I was diagnosed with angiosarcoma, a cancer affecting the inner lining of the blood vessels.

After months of unsuccessful surgeries, chemotherapy, trial drugs and, most recently, radiotherapy targeting the lymph nodes in my neck, standardised treatments have been deemed ineffective.

How your money will help

Because of my unique characteristics as a Xeroderma Pigmentosum patient, specialists believe that the immunotherapy treatment, Pembrolizumab, could extend my life. However, this is not readily available on the NHS for angiosarcoma patients and costs around £100,000 per year.

Your generous contributions will help to fund these drugs, their administration and associated care.

No matter how small, I am grateful for any and all contributions to fund my treatment.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story.

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  • Joshua Barnfather1 month ago
    Joshua Barnfather

    Joshua Barnfather

    1 month ago

    BIG NEWS!!! I’ve started immunotherapy and you all made it happen :) I’d gone to hospital nearly 2 weeks ago for interim chemo during my lung surgery and radiotherapy recovery. This couldn’t start because of a chest infection, caused by the cancer, so I had to have an ongoing hospital stay. Docs soon decided I’d recovered enough to start immunotherapy! This meant I could pay with funds raised and get started. This costs around £10K everyday 21 days. I hope we can keep fund raising so I can fund further cycles. I can’t thank you all enough.

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  • Joshua Barnfather2 months ago
    Joshua Barnfather

    Joshua Barnfather

    2 months ago

    Hi all, this is a brief interview I did for the BBC recently. Take a look :)

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  • Joshua Barnfather3 months ago
    Joshua Barnfather

    Joshua Barnfather

    3 months ago

    Hi all, we are making excellent progress towards the goal. I can’t thank you enough! Recently, it has been found that my condition has deteriorated a bit so this campaign is getting even more important to me. The cancer in my right lung has caused it to collapse so I’m having surgery this week to reinflate it. I’m also going to start treatment with an interim chemotherapy option that is OK for use whilst I’m still recovering from radiotherapy. This will try and shrink other tumours. Looking forward to getting started :)

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3 months ago

Joshua Barnfather started crowdfunding

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Page last updated on: 12/18/2018 11:18 AM



  • Melissa Brooker

    Melissa Brooker

    Dec 18, 2018

    £30 in cash which was raised for Christmas Jumper Day


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    Dec 18, 2018


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    Dec 17, 2018


  • Kristian Ralph

    Kristian Ralph

    Dec 17, 2018

    From the quiz & raffle night at The Hare & Hounds in Burstwick. Many thanks to everyone who supported the night!


  • Connor


    Dec 17, 2018

    Christmas Jumper day donation

  • Sherena Owens & Team

    Sherena Owens & Team

    Dec 15, 2018

    Hi Josh from the Adopt a Bear funding raising, the bears were donated from far and wide and adopted by new children, we have a special bear for you with a message from the little girl who donated it


  • Neil Gibson

    Neil Gibson

    Dec 14, 2018

    Christmas Jumper Day! See you soon matey.


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Joshua Barnfather

Joshua Barnfather

Hull, UK

My name is Joshua Barnfather. I'm 30 years old and I was born with a rare skin condition, Xeroderma Pigmentosum. This was the reason for being diagnosed with angiosarcoma in Feb 2017, which has since spread from my face to my lymph nodes, bones and lungs.

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