Ollie Young Foundation race night raises £2,000 for brain tumour researchBy Julie Spencer
September 27, 2012
A race night attended by supporters of the Ollie Young Foundation has raised more than £2,000 for research into brain tumours.
Special guests were Andrew Jackson and Alex Daly from Helen & Douglas House Hospice, who helped look after Ollie before he died in February.
The event at Winnersh Community Centre on Saturday raised £2,260 and was organised by Tricia Henderson.
She said: “Events like the race night give Ollie’s community, friends and family a chance to come together to show they care and will always care.
“Brain tumours need to be researched and that takes funding.
“We had 135 people at the race night and they spent their hard-earned cash having a good time and supporting such a necessary charity.”
Ollie’s parents Sarah and Simon Young, of Woosehill, and Ollie’s brother Alfie, launched the foundation to fund research into brain tumours and to support Helen & Douglas House hospice and childhood cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
The event coincided with Mr Young’s birthday and he was presented with a special cake.
He said: “It was heartwarming to see so many family and friends at the race night, and to meet so many new faces too.
“We just can’t thank Tricia enough, and we are so grateful to all the people who contributed to make the evening such a brilliant success.
“It means everything to Sarah, Alfie and myself and we can only hope that we’ll enjoy the same level of support with future fundraising events.”
The Foundation sells Ollie Young wristbands, t-shirts and hoodies and has launched the Ollie’s Jollies page on its website where supporters of the charity can post photographs of themselves wearing Foundation merchandise.