Re­mem­ber­ing Oliver

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THE mum of toddler Oliver Joyce, who died of a rare ‘brain­shrink­ing’ ill­ness, will keep his mem­ory by help­ing other chil­dren.

Oliver died aged three, on April 23 this year.

His mum Amie Finch wants to keep his mem­ory alive by mark­ing what would be his fourth birth­day on Novem­ber 8 and poignantly by re­leas­ing yel­low and blue bal­loons at 2pm out­side the chil­dren’s ward at Hilling­don Hospi­tal.

Ms Finch, who works as a carer at an old peo­ple’s home, said: “Pe­ter Pan Ward was where Oliver spent half of his life and I know how un­com­fort­able it can be for some par­ents there and how dif­fi­cult it is to en­ter­tain chil­dren some­times. Re­ally the idea is to ease it a lit­tle bit for them and keep the mem­ory of Oliver go­ing and also to raise aware­ness of the dis­abled chil­dren in Hilling­don as I don’t feel there’s enough sup­port for fam­i­lies in the area.

“Even­tu­ally I’d like to cre­ate a reg­is­tered char­ity so I’m keep­ing Oliver’s mem­ory alive whilst I’m try­ing to do that.”

Oliver was born with Olivo­pon­to­cere­bel­lar at­ro­phy (OPCA). At eight-months-old, he be­came the only child in England to be di­ag­nosed with the dis­or­der, which has no known cure. Oliver’s mother is ask­ing for do­na­tions of shoe­boxes filled with toys, books or games for chil­dren, to do­nate to the Pe­ter Pan and Wendy ward.

To do­nate a shoe­box, search for ‘Oliver Joyce’ on Face­book to ‘Like’ the page.

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