Foot­ball club signs up to join Ol­lie’s Army

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town FC has pledged to fundraise in sup­port of a ter­mi­nally-ill brother and sis­ter.

Ol­lie Car­roll, four, and two-year-old Amelia, who live in Poyn­ton, have Late In­fan­tile Bat­ten Disease.

A rare disease with­out a cure, vic­tims can lose their speech, mo­bil­ity and eye­sight, and many do not sur­vive past the age of 12.

Their par­ents, Mike and Lucy, set up the Ol­lie’s Army cam­paign in or­der to raise aware­ness of the ill­ness, fund Ol­lie and Amelia’s care and raise money for Bat­tens Disease Fam­ily As­so­ci­a­tion (BDFA), a char­ity which sup­ports fam­i­lies like the Car­rolls.

Thou­sands of pounds have been raised in Ol­lie and Amelia’s names with events through­out the year.

Now Mac­cles­field Town and its fundrais­ing arm the Silk­men Sup­port­ers Trust (SST) has named Ol­lie’s Army as its bene­fac­tor dur­ing 2016 fol­low­ing a vote.

The part­ner­ship was launched at Mac­cles­field’s re­cent home game against Brom­ley where Ol­lie was a mas­cot.

Mike said: “We would like to say a big thank you to the Silk­mens Sup­port­ers Trust and MTFC for in­clud­ing Ol­lie’s Army in their re­cent vote to find a lo­cal cause to sup­port for the next year.

“We were over­whelmed to hear that we had re­ceived the most amount of votes, es­pe­cially with such de­serv­ing char­i­ties along­side us. We are now look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Silk­mens Sup­port­ers Trust and MTFC to raise aware­ness of Bat­ten Disease and pro­mote our lo­cal foot­ball club. Once again we would like to say thank you to SST and every­one who voted for Ol­lie’s Army.”

Club cap­tain Paul Turn­bull said: “It was an ab­so­lute hon­our car­ry­ing Ol­lie onto the pitch on Satur­day. Hope he en­joyed the game and keeps that big smile on his face.” A state­ment on the foot­ball club’s web­site said: “Mac­cles­field Town are de­lighted to an­nounce that the Su­per Silk Lotto has agreed that Ol­lie’s Army will be the new char­ity part­ner and hope­fully we will have a suc­cess­ful year work­ing along­side them.

“The new part­ner­ship will cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary of the Su­per Silk Lotto on Novem­ber 28. Ol­lie and his fam­ily came to the game against Brom­ley and en­joyed an­other good af­ter­noon for John Askey’s side.”

You can sup­port the foot­ball club and Ol­lie’s Army by sign­ing up to the club’s Su­per Silk Lotto.

It only costs £1 per week with a po­ten­tial jack­pot of £100 cash.

●● Mac­cles­field Tri­als Club have raised £500 for the Bri­tish Lung Foun­da­tion

●● Ol­lie Car­roll was mas­cot for Mac­cles­field Town’s home game with Brom­ley

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