Char­ity event is Marvel-lous

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A BOY with a lifethreat­en­ing ill­ness was trans­formed into his favourite su­per­hero for the day.

Ol­lie Car­roll, five, from Poyn­ton, trav­elled from Old Traf­ford cricket ground on board his very own truck to made a grand en­trance into Manch­ester’s city cen­tre in front of hun­dreds of peo­ple.

In­cred­i­ble cos­tumes trans­formed Ol­lie into Spi­derman and four other chil­dren into their su­per­heroes.

Once in Al­bert Square the young­sters had to join forces to res­cue Key 103 pre­sen­ter Mike Toolan and the wish fairy, Sam Farmer, from char­ity When You Wish Upon A Star from the clutches of evil - in the form of Darth Vader and the stormtroop­ers.

And in true su­per­hero style, good over­came evil.

The day was or­gan­ised by Key 103’s Cash For Kids with the char­ity - which grants wishes to young­sters with lifethreat­en­ing ill­nesses.

As well as cre­at­ing an un­for­get­table day for five spe­cial chil­dren, the event raised a stag­ger­ing £100k to help more chil­dren have their wishes granted.

Ol­lie was di­ag­nosed with Bat­ten Dis­ease last year. The con­di­tion will even­tu­ally leave him blind, un­able to walk and not even be able to eat.

His par­ents Mike and Lucy Car­roll are also cop­ing with dev­as­tat­ing news that their daugh­ter, Ameila, three, has been di­ag­nosed with the same con­di­tion.

Speak­ing af­ter the su­per­hero event Lucy said: “It was fan­tas­tic. We are so thank­ful that Ol­lie was given this op­por­tu­nity. All the chil­dren who were cho­sen to be the su­per­heroes truly are real life su­per­heroes. Th­ese five chil­dren have been through more phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally in their short lifes than most adults and they still find the strength to smile.

“We would like to thank ev­ery single per­son who was in­volved in both the lead up and on su­per­hero day it­self.

“It was such a mix of emotions I don’t think we have ever cried so many tears in pub­lic be­fore, some we cried for sad rea­sons, some for happy rea­sons.

As a fam­ily we will never for­get this mag­i­cal day, we can not put into words how much this day has meant to us.

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

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