Support boost for Ollie’s Army
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