The Royal College of Nursing

Bounce Back Boy

Josh Cawley was 22 when he finally died from the catastrophic injuries his birth parents inflicted on him.

These resulted in his inability to speak or to move from his wheelchair but it didn’t dampen his positive and cheeky spirit.

Bounce Back Boy is an artistic retelling of Josh’s heartbreaking story, written in partnership with his adoptive mother Lynn Crawley, comissioned by the Royal College of Nursing and Hospice UK and performed by actor Joseph Daniel-Taylor.

"We spent an amazing afternoon with the film crew. It was quite awe-inspiring watching the professionalism and attention to detail they showed."

Eleanor Sherwen

Programme Manager, NHS

"I just feel totally stunned - this is so powerful and thought provoking. I love it all, totally captivating."

Amanda Cheesley

Project Manager, the RCN

Bounce Back Boy was shown at the centerpiece to the Royal College of Nursing’s annual conference in Belfast in 2018.

Later distributed across the RCN’s membership and throughout social media, repackaged as a highly effective, story centred education resource and tribute to RCN nurses specialising in palliative care.


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