Staff in sky­dive for sib­lings

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

A CHAR­ITY which sup­ports two ter­mi­nal­ly­ill chil­dren has been given a boost by kind­hearted staff at two busi­nesses.

Em­ploy­ees at Speedy Dox and Cheshire Re­cruit­ment, based in Mac­cles­field, have pledged to raise £2,000 for Ol­lie’s Army.

The char­ity sup­ports young Ol­lie and Amelia Car­roll, from Poyn­ton, who have Late In­fan­tile Bat­ten Dis­ease, which has no cure.

Vic­tims can lose their speech, mo­bil­ity and eye­sight, and many do not sur­vive past the age of 12.

The two com­pa­nies are owned by en­tre­pre­neur Gary Wood, 32, whose son Henry goes to the same school at Ol­lie.

Gary, who also lives in Poyn­ton with his wife and two chil­dren, was in­spired by the Car­roll’s story and asked his staff to help.

He said: “I called a meet­ing and showed them the Ol­lie’s Army web­site and they were in tears. It’s a hor­ren­dous thing they are go­ing through and we all want to help.”

The fundrais­ing started this month with a sky­dive fea­tur­ing Lizzy Burgess, who works in fi­nance, and James Grif­fiths, a re­cruit­ment con­sul­tant.

Other staff at the two com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing op­er­a­tions man­ager Aggi Kokki­nos, plan to take the leap in Au­gust.

So far the team have raised £900 for Ol­lie’s Army and with other fundrais­ing events planned, in­clud­ing a spon­sored leg shave fea­tur­ing Aggi, they aim to reach £2,000 by the end of the year.

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