Town turns orange in support of Ollie’s Army
FAMILY and friends of Ollie and Amelia Carroll, who have been diagnosed with a fatal genetic disease, took to the streets of Poynton for Battens Disease Awareness Day on Friday.
They also managed to raise £500 for the Batten Disease Family Association charity through a combination of £181.66 collected on the street, a donation of £205 and £97 in tips from generous staff at the Farmers Arms pub. ●● A CARE home is opening its doors to visitors as part of an open day event.
Parklands Care Home, based at Poynton Civic Centre will be open all day for the special
The condition is degenerative and there is no cure.
Ollie, aged four, and Amelia, two, from Poynton, will lose their speech, mobility and eyesight as they get older and are unlikely to survive past the age of 12.
Ollie and Amelia’s aunt, Emily Scarf, 24, who now lives in Offerton but is originally from Poynton, said: “We didn’t expect to raise any money at all, we just wanted to raise awareness so we were really happy.
“Ollie and Amelia missed it as they are away on holiday so I think they’ll be really pleased when they get back.
“The amount of people who stopped and asked what the day was about was great.
“Estate agents Gascoigne Halman even put Ollie’s Army posters in the window instead of houses – it was amazing.”
Orange ribbons were attached to trees and lampposts the night Visitors can tour the home and take part in a range of activities, with a selection of cakes, scones and tea on offer between 2pm and 4pm.
National Care Home Open Day is an annual before and letters were given to shops to inform them of the day.
Parents Lucy and Mike have launched a social media campaign, ‘Ollie’s Army’, to raise awareness of the condition, which only five or six children in the UK are diagnosed with each year. They have pledged to make every moment count for their children. Celebrities and top sports stars have also supported the campaign by wearing special red or pink wrist bands. campaign designed to encourage lasting links between care homes and their local communities, and to highlight the excellent care that homes provide.
●● Clockwise from left: Cafes and shops tied ribbons around railings to show their support; Oliver and Emily Scarf are pictured with their daughter Havana-Rose; and Amy Gallagher shows her support for the cause
●● Staff at the Farmers Arms wore orange in support of the cause. Pictured are Jordan Hadlow, Craig Lawson, Hannah Oliver, Emily Kelly and Emily Scholey
●● Everyone driving into Poynton saw the streets adorned with orange ribbons