£10,000 raised in memory of brave OllieBy Laura Herbert
August 10, 2012
A charity launched in memory of a five-year-old boy who died from a rare brain tumour has raised £10,000 to fund research.
Sarah and Simon Young, from Woosehill, launched the Ollie Young Foundation in memory of their son, who died in February this year just one day before his sixth birthday.
Members of the Ollie Young Foundation committee have been selling wristbands, t-shirts and hoodies, while supporters from around the borough have organised fetes, cake sales and race nights to fund research into Ollie’s rare condition.
Mrs Young said: “We want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has either bought an Ollie Young Foundation wristband or one of our t-shirts or hoodies, or held a fundraising event or participated in one. We’ve also gratefully received donations to the Ollie Young Foundation from generous supporters who have been touched by Ollie’s story.
“Several children have contributed money and we have even had donations put anonymously through our door. We really appreciate the overwhelming support and generosity from you all and can only hope that it will continue as we work towards our goal to fund research into the particular type of brain tumour that took our little boy from us.
“Thank you will never be enough.”
Ollie, a Hawthorns School pupil, was cared for and supported by Helen & Douglas House hospice and CLIC Sargent, which will receive a proportion of funds raised by the foundation.
Ten-year-old Louis Jacques raised £320 from a cake sale outside Morrisons supermarket in Woosehill on Saturday, July 14, before completing a sponsored swim at Coppid Beech Hotel in Bracknell with friends Ben Ainslie and Megan Holloway, raising £465.
Louis said: “It’s really easy to think of something like I’ve done and it makes you feel really good when you’ve done it and raised money for Ollie’s foundation.
“To anyone else thinking of organising some fundraising, I’d say just do it.”
Tricia Henderson organised a jewellery sale and raffle on Thursday, June 21. She said: “The response was overwhelming. People I didn’t personally know were compelled to come along to support it and I was more than willing to welcome them in to my home for a charity so close to my heart.
“Wokingham has a fabulous community spirit, and we only need to be invited to show how much we want to take care of each other.”
More than £2,260 was raised that day with the help of Fiona Parry, of Stella & Dot jewellery, and Wendy, from Parties of Gold, who donated their commission from jewellery sales. More than 160 people also bought tickets to win one of 56 prizes donated by members of Wokingham Gossip Girls Facebook group.
The Gossip Girls organised Ollie’s final wish to see his parents married in just six days.
The foundation was also supported by Louise La Cumbre who raised almost £500 taking part in the 15-mile Wokingham Bikeathon in June with family and friends.
She said: “The atmosphere at the start line was fantastic and everyone was really enjoying themselves.
“We were determined to finish for Ollie and all the people who donated.” For more information about the charity or organising a fundraising event visit www.ollieyoungfoundation.org.
n STYLISTS at Zappas in Peach Street will host a charity blow dry event offering the service for a £5 minimum donation on Sunday, September 2, from 11am to 3pm. Call (0118) 977 6577 for details.