Hundreds of balloons released to raise cash for Ollie Young FoundationBy Laura Herbert
November 26, 2012
Hundreds of balloons were released at a football fundraiser in aid of the Ollie Young Foundation (OYF).
Finchampstead FC dedicated its Allison Wickes Charity Day to raise money for the charity set up in memory of the Woosehill youngster, who died the day before his sixth birthday from a brain tumour in February.
The event at Finchampstead Memorial Ground, in The Village, last month included a beat the goalie competition, bouncy castle, face painting, Olympic torch display, barbecue and cake sale. It raised around £3,200.
Six hundred balloons were released by Reading FC mascot Kingsley and Ollie’s grandmother Barbara Young.
Organiser Kelly Barnby, said: “Ollie loved playing football at Finchampstead, as does his elder brother Alfie. Our parents and players wanted to show their support for the family following Ollie’s loss, so we held our annual Allison Wickes Charity Day in aid of the Ollie Young Foundation.
“Allison is remembered for her years of commitment to the club.
“She was passionate that all children enjoyed football and she loved the sense of community we have at Finchampstead FC.
“It was a poignant moment when we released the balloons in Ollie’s honour.”