Sup­port boost for Ol­lie’s Army

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

SCHOOLS, clubs and busi­nesses have been show­ing their sup­port of two chil­dren with a ter­mi­nal ill­ness.

Ol­lie and Amelia Car­roll, from Poyn­ton, have Late In­fan­tile Batten Dis­ease, which means they are un­likely to sur­vive past the age of 12.

A cam­paign called Ol­lie’s Army was set up to raise aware­ness of the rare dis­ease – which will rob the chil­dren of their speech, mo­bil­ity and eye­sight as they get older – and find a cure.

Their plight has seen a wave of sup­port from the com­mu­nity, with thou­sands of pounds raised in their name to fund re­search.

Celebri­ties and top sports stars have also sup­ported the Ol­lie’s Army cam­paign by wear­ing spe­cial red or pink wrist bands.

The latest set of events to fundraise for the cam­paign came from:

The team from Speedy Dox, based in Wilm­slow, did a sky­dive

The teams at Gas­coigne Hal­man in Poyn­ton, who had a Bakeathon

Rich­mond Rovers FC Club col­lected £400 dur­ing their an­nual pre­sen­ta­tion

Mini V Preschool who raised £417 at Ver­non Pri­mary School’s sum­mer fair

Poyn­ton Dip­pers Swimming Club swam 4,606 lengths to raise £1,600

Sublime Hair Sa­lon raised £112

Bai­leys Trad­ing Post in Higher Poyn­ton raised £500 with a Lau­rel and Hardy event

An Ol­lie’s Army disco raised £583.

Par­ents Mike and Lucy said: “Thank you to ev­ery sin­gle one of you for tak­ing the time to con­trib­ute to Ol­lie’s Army. We ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one’s ef­forts no mat­ter how small or big the event.”

The fam­ily and sup­port­ers of Ol­lie, four, and Amelia, two, have pledged to make ev­ery mo­ment count for the chil­dren and con­tinue their so­cial media cam­paign to raise aware­ness of the con­di­tion, which af­fects only five or six chil­dren in the UK each year.

Lucy and Mike, 31, who grew up in Bolling­ton, also have an anx­ious wait to test Ol­lie and Amelia’s two broth­ers, aged six and eight, for the dis­ease.

To find out more about Ol­lie’s Army and how you can sup­port their cam­paign to raise funds and aware­ness of Bat­tens Dis­ease please visit www. ol­liesarmy.co.uk.

●● Ladies from Mini V Preschool fundrais­ing for Ol­lie’s Army with their cholo­late tombola

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