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Ollie's Fundraising Roll of Honour - 2012

A huge thank you to all who have supported Ollie Young Foundation or Helen & Douglas House and CLIC Sargent charities, in Ollie's memory.

Hair today, gone tomorrow… December 24th 2012

Fundraising can be a hair raising experience, just ask Mark Evans!

Mark accepted a bet from his best mate to leave his hair to grow. And grow. And grow.

Five months on, we reaped the 'fringe benefits' to the tune of £400 when he decided to ensure that his efforts should benefit a good cause. What a terrific sport. Well done Mark!

Invesco Christmas party December 20th, 2012

Thanks to our local friend Catherine, Sarah J, Louise and Simon were invited to attend Invesco Ltd's Christmas party, held in the London Marriott Hotel in Leicester Square.

Guests had plenty of fun, soaking up the festive spirit and in addition to talking briefly about Ollie and the Foundation we hosted a fun game, in which they had to solve a riddle relating to an item on their table, before collecting a lucky envelope which gave them the chance to win a prize.

We were delighted that our funds were boosted by an incredible £1,362.51 thanks to Invesco's very generous employees.

Mizuno cake sale, December 2012

Rachel Harden and the lovely folk at Mizuno are fantastic supporters of the Foundation. Not only are they currently supplying running gear to help Shaun Edwards with training for his 100 mile run in March, but just before Christmas Rachel decided to offer platefuls of seasonal temptations of the cake kind to her colleagues, raising a whopping £220. We declare that all cakes baked in Ollie's honour are calorie-free. So there you go, why not get baking and chomping for a good cause yourself?

West Forest Round Table Santa Float, December 15th 2012

It was a rainy, chilly night when our special elves accompanied Santa on his pre-Christmas tour on one stretch of Woosehill in Wokingham but there were plenty of sunny smiles as they invited youngsters to come and meet the man in red.

Thank you to West Forest Round Table for allowing our team to accompany them and to raise a brilliant £433 in the process.

And in the words of Santa himself that night, "here's to next year!"

Livas Quartet and Platform YP Christmas Carol Concert, December 9th 2012

Supporters hit the right note at St Paul's church in Wokingham when The Livas Quartet, the children of musical theatre school Platform YP and conductor Stephen Willis (Director of Music at the Abbey School in Reading) joined forces for a carol concert in aid of the Ollie Young Foundation, raising a fantastic £680. Along with the traditional carols and festive songs there was a special arrangement by organiser Karen Ayton of the One Direction song What Makes You Beautiful, Ollie's favourite song and the one the band sang to him during their special visit to him early last January.

Says Karen, "I really enjoyed the afternoon; it was worth all the hard work. The Platform children were fabulous, and I really grateful to my Livas clarinet friends and Stephen Willis for giving up their time for this worthy cause."

Swifts Beaver Scouts Good Deeds, December 5th 2012

Having listened to an explanation of the aims of the Ollie Young Foundation by Claire, the young members of Wokingham's Swifts Beavers were charged with carrying out lots of good deeds at home to raise funds for us.

Multiple fed cats, tidied bedrooms and piles of washing up later, Simon and Claire revisited to collect the resulting cheque.

Thanks to Captain, Pingu, Dewey and all the hardworking youngsters for raising over £100 and to the Arch Intermediaries company who matched the total, swelling our coffers to the tune of £210. Ging gang goolietastic!

Wokingham Gossip Girls Christmas Party, December 1st 2012

120 ladies from this social media group gathered together for an early Christmas celebration at the Duke's Head in Wokingham, organised by Lauren Drewery (second right here).

It was a fun affair with some 'special' entertainment and plenty of laughs but plenty of heart too, for the whopping £1,800 proceeds came to us!

Lauren said "I have four children and I could not read about the Ollie Young Foundation without crying, so I decided to hold the party to raise money."

Special thanks to all the lovely individuals who helped out with such a successful event- we're especially looking at you Adrian Taylor (landlord of the Duke's Head), Germaine Kelly of the Purple Butterfly, Danielle Allwood, Thelma Reeves of Mishyboo, Niki McGlynn and Tania Williams. What a fabulous early Christmas present for the Foundation.

Hawthorns Primary School Winter Fair, December 1st 2012

We've said it before and we'll say it again – we love Hawthorns!

Families came to visit us on our stall to play angel hoopla, guess the name of the dog and to collect one of our gorgeous blue balloons at the Wokingham school's annual festive event, where we made £300.

We even managed to get a sneaky pic of Anna Watkins wearing her OYF wristband for our Ollie's Stars page, too!

Emmbrook School GCSE Graduation Evening, November 29th 2012

We were very pleased to meet the proud parents and lovely sixth form pupils who received their certificates at a GCSE Graduation evening at Wokingham's Emmbrook School. They had kindly chosen to support the Ollie Young Foundation and Sarah J and Katie took to the stage to share Ollie’s story and to explain our aims and visions.

Sixth former Callum said, "It was great to hear about the Foundation and the message given by you definitely highlighted what it is all about." Thank you to everyone involved at Emmbrook for inviting us and for buying wristbands and raffle tickets, adding £45 to our funds!

Quiz Night at the Rifle Volunteer, November 17th 2012

Lindsey Preston and her sister organised a quiz night at Wokingham's The Rifle Volunteer pub in aid of the Foundation, raising over £400 in the process; an unquestionable success!

"It was a good fun evening and everyone seemed to really enjoy it," says Lindsey. "We really enjoyed organising it and would love to do another one in a few months time. Dawn and Graham at The Rifle Volunteer were brilliant and so welcoming."

Well done everyone, you're all top of the class as far as we are concerned.

Little Ones Market, November 3rd 2012

OYF were invited to join the new Little Ones Market at Jennetts Park in Bracknell. Committee members Sarah J and Karen were welcomed by Lucy Henton and Sarah Bishton who were launching their new business selling good quality used children’s clothes and toys.

"It was a great afternoon spreading the word of OYF and being part of the little ones first market" says Sarah Jacques. A big thank you to Lucy and Sarah for donating the proceeds of the raffle to us, a brilliant £169!

Trunkwell Christmas Gift Fair, November 3rd-4th 2012

We were delighted to hear that Trunkwell Mansion House in Beech Hill (near Reading) had nominated us as their charity of the year, and it was in that capacity that we attended their Christmas Gift Fair & Food Market, with our tombola stall.

Many of the stallholders donated prizes and business was brisk! Between the tombola and sales of our Ollie merchandise, we raised £800!

Halloween Disco, October 28th 2012

There were plenty of ghostly goings-on at this spooktacular Halloween party, our first family event and, judging by our screaming ticket sales, the hottest ‘do’ in town!


We raised an incredible £879 that evening, thanks to the generosity of our attending witches, zombies, vampires and ghosts (and their kids too!) and especially that of all the wonderful people who donated their time or services for free.

Honourable mentions should be made to Wokingham Cricket Club and their lovely staff, ‘Disco’ Dave Hatch (cunningly disguised as the Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters) for the sounds and Cuppies n Cream for this incredible cake raffle prize!

Click here to see more photos.

Hawthorns Memorial Day, October 26th 2012

Ollie attended Wokingham’s Hawthorns Primary School, where their Ollie Young Memorial Day saw pupils making a donation to wear their Ollie ‘blues’ for the day. “The mass of blue was amazing to behold!” said Head teacher Pat Kerton.

The day raised the fantastic sum of £792.10 and also marked the official launch of the new ‘Joyffalo’. This fabulous work of art in the school grounds by sculptor Steve Radford is dedicated to Ollie’s memory and will be used for storytelling and other activities.

A huge thank you to all the staff, pupils and families of Hawthorns, you’ve been a fantastic support from day one and it means more than we can say.

Finchampstead F.C. Charity Day, October 20th 2012

Finchampstead Memorial Ground was a sight to behold when 600 Ollie Young Foundation balloons trailed up, up and away in a race marking the culmination of a spectacularly successful fundraising afternoon organized by Finchampstead F.C. Between the generous visitors, stalls and fun activities, just under £4,000 was raised for us. And Kingsley the Lion from Reading F.C. became our newest convert!.


Organiser Kelly Barnby of Finchampstead F.C says "Ollie loved playing football at Finchampstead. Our parents and players from soccer tots to the mens first team 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. It was a poignant moment when we released over 600 balloons in Ollie's honour and we are thrilled at the amount we have raised."

Mortimer 10k run, September 30th 2012

The village of Mortimer got the blues on Sunday 30th, but in a totally good way! Over 30 runners and walkers of all ages donned their OYF blue running vests and t-shirts to pound the streets (and hills) as Louise Cripps and her Team Ollie turned out in force!

We’ll announce final figures soon, but let’s just say that our adult runners, walkers and junior 3k runners have raised a significant sum for the Foundation. And thanks to the additional proceeds raised by our army of enthusiastic cake makers and stall staff, it was a very successful morning indeed.

“Team Ollie were incredible throughout training and I’m so proud of every single one of them,” says Louise. “It was an emotional race for us all. I can’t thank all the people who supported us enough.”

Click here to see more photos.

Tricia Henderson’s Race Night, September 22nd 2012

“Charity a clear winner” said the Wokingham Times in their event write-up and how right they were, as over £2,200 was raised by the enthusiastic 135 punters at the evening event, organised by our fundraising star Tricia Henderson.

“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,” says Tricia.

It was so lovely to see so many of our regular supporters that evening, along with two of Ollie’s fantastic care team from Helen & Douglas House. And what better way to conclude it than with a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday for Simon!

Blow dry event at Zappas, September 2nd 2012

We all know that Katie Knight has done some pretty hair-raising things in the name of the Ollie Young Foundation (see skydive below) but she decided to take things more literally by opening up Zappas salon in Peach Street, Wokingham, on Sunday 2nd for a blow dry event.

Around 20 customers left the salon with perfect hairdos and the Foundation collected the ‘fringe’ benefits - £250!

“The Zappas staff and clients across all of our salons are all so supportive of our fundraising for the Ollie Young Foundation,” says Katie. “Everyone has been fantastic!”

Nirvana Spa at Home party, August 9th 2012

OYF committee member Karen Hill invited friends along to sample the products in the Nirvana Spa at Home range. Consultant Kate Harrison came along to tempt with all manner of fine-smelling beauty treatments and indulgences.

The £32 proceeds of a raffle on the night were donated to the Ollie Young Foundation, along with Karen’s hostess gifts which will be put to good use as raffle prizes at future events.

Karen demonstrated her commitment to the Foundation yet again by allowing this photo to be taken and shared on here, too. “As it’s for Ollie…” she said. Good on you, Mrs Hill. And you still look gorgeous!

Louis Jacques sponsored swim July 17th 2012

Well done – again! – to Louis Jacques who organised a sponsored swim to raise money for the Ollie Young Foundation.

Louis was joined by Megan Holloway and Ben Ainslie in swimming 60 – yes 60! - lengths of the 15m swimming pool at Coppid Beech, raising an incredible £465!

These fab fundraisers have certainly made a splash at OYF HQ. Says Louis,

“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. To anyone else thinking of organising some fundraising, I'd say just do it!”

Cake sales at Zappas hair salons, July 14th 2012

The fabulous staff of the 6 Zappas hair salons in Bean Oak and Peach Street in Wokingham, Caversham, Crowthorne, Fleet and Twyford baked and sold cakes and OYF wristbands for the day, making the hair-raising sum of £640!

Zappas hair stylist and OYF committee member Katie Knight, who organised the event, said,

“Thanks to everyone who came along and supported this event at our salons and especially to the staff who made all those fantastic cakes!”

Obviously, any cakes sold for our cause are completely calorie-free (ahem!) so we are looking forward to all those ones coming up in the pipeline. Keep checking back for details.

Louis Jacques’ cake sale, July 14th 2012

“Ollie loved water and he loved his food so this is the perfect fundraising event!” So commented Simon standing in the rain at the cake sale Louis Jacques had organised outside Morrisons supermarket in Wokingham. But nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of the customers whose weekly shop was vastly improved by the prospect of a seriously scrummy cupcake or three!

Ably assisted by mum Sarah, Louis (seen here between younger brother Reuben and Alfie Young) says,

“Altogether we raised £320! I really enjoyed doing it. If it wasn’t for all the people who also baked some cakes, we would not have raised that amount of money. Alfie and I were having really good fun, I think all of the people who helped enjoyed doing it too!”

We certainly relished helping with the very important job of eating all the cakes! Caketastic effort, Mr Jacques!

Hawthorns School Summer Fair, July 7th, 2012

Just as with Chestnuts Pre-School, the staff and families of Hawthorns Primary School have been a truly wonderful support to the Young Family over the past months. And at the annual summer fair that on-going care and compassion was expressed yet again at the OYF stall, where there was a huge demand to Name the Teddy, purchase wristbands and order our great t-shirts and hoodies.

‘Tia’ was won by the Fisher family, but as with Rio, he proved a big hit with the OYF helpers on the stall – see our gallery for more pictures.

We made over £650 that afternoon, an incredible result! Special thanks are due to the lads who nominated themselves as a fundraising sub-committee and did some spontaneous busking to swell the coffers!

Plenty of orders were taken for OYF merchandise too and we’ll look forward to seeing the t-shirts and hoodies while we are out and about. Take a photo of yourself wearing it, tell us where you were and we’ll post them on here!

Chestnuts Family Fun Day, June 24th 2012

The Ollie Young Foundation’s first ever stall and the first mass public outing of the brand new OYF t-shirts.

The Chestnuts Family Fun Day is an annual event for families of children attending the pre-school. Sarah, Simon and Alfie were supported by three committee members and their families and were kept busy selling the OYF wristbands and manning the Guess the Name of the Bear competition.

£260 was taken on the day, along with many orders for OYF merchandise.

Alfie had the important task of drawing the name of our gorgeous bear. ‘Rio’ (incidentally, the title of Ollie’s favourite film) is now very happily homed with the Hutson family.

Katie’s Skydive, June 24th 2012

It’s official; Katie Knight take the award for the bravest fundraiser to date for her skydive in support of Helen & Douglas House, in memory of Ollie, with which she raised a whopping £1,440!

Katie took to the skies above the Hinton Skydiving Centre in Northants, and jumped at 13,000 feet, freefalling for 45 seconds at 120mph.

She says of her experience, “It takes about 3 minutes to come down. The view was fantastic and it was an amazing feeling. I still can't believe I have done it but I am so proud that I have and raised a lot of money!”

Rumour has it that certain OYF supporters have been so inspired by Katie that they are planning a skydive later on this year. Watch this space...

Click here to see more photos.

Wokingham Bikeathon, June 24th 2012

Well done to the wheely great team of Young family friends who were among the 200 cyclists peddling the 15-mile route of the Wokingham Bikeathon. Steph Edwards, Amy and Olivia Sudlow, Debbie Banbury and Louise, Liam and Kate La Cumbre raised a fantastic £476 for the Ollie Young Foundation.

Says Louise,

“We started the day with some trepidation as to how the girls Kate and Olivia would cope (as well as us!) with cycling 15 miles, especially because of the lack of opportunity to train due to the weather. However, the atmosphere at the start line was fantastic and everyone was really enjoying themselves. Kate and Olivia were brilliant. They dug in and were determined to finish for Ollie and all the people who donated, as we all were.”

Well done you guys! Click here to see more photos.

Tricia’s Jewellery Party, June 21st 2012

Tricia Henderson threw the doors of her home open for some serious fundraising with a combined jewellery and raffle event, which raised an amazing £2,266- and still counting!

Raffle prizes flooded in via the ladies of the ever-generous Wokingham Gossip Girls Facebook group and over 160 people purchased tickets prior to or during the event.

Fiona Parry of Stella & Dot jewellery and Wendy of Parties of Gold donated their commission from jewellery sales that day and more, while the visitors at the morning and evening sessions bought cakes and drinks to swell the coffers. Tricia says,

“As soon as I made the announcement about what the event was for, people’s interest surged. As hoped, 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.”

An amazing effort from Tricia and her team of helpers on the day. Well done!

Karen’s dinner party, 15th June 2012

“After getting to know Ollie's story through Facebook group Wokingham Gossip Girls, my husband and my hearts went out to his family. Being parents ourselves, we cannot comprehend how life is for the Young family but we are determined to help them work towards the goals to ensure Ollie's name lives on.”

And that is why lovely lady Karen Sarin invited some school mum friends to a fundraising dinner. There, along with enjoying a scrumptious dinner, her guests were invited to place donations in envelopes which were positioned at their place settings.

Karen not only raised £240 for the Ollie Young Foundation, she now has a waiting list for the dinners she is planning in the near future. Karen says,

“There doesn't seem a better way than to spend a good night, with good friends and raising money for such a good cause.”

Reuben’s Savings, June 2012

Reuben Jacques is a little chap with a b-i-g heart! Whilst his mum was buying OYF wristbands for the family, he decided that he wanted to make his own contribution to the Ollie Young Foundation. He donated a whole £1 from his savings, which is so thoughtful of him. Thank you, Reuben!

Livas Quartet Concert, June 10th 2012

The Young family were VIP guests at a concert by the Livas Quartet at St Paul’s Church in Wokingham.

Karen Ayton, Nicholas Shipman, Emily Preston and Laura Porter performed a programme of music ranging from JS Bach to Gershwin and including Adele and The Pink Panther too. More than £600 was raised for Helen & Douglas House in Ollie’s memory.

“We were really pleased with the turnout and especially to see Sarah, Simon and Alfie and so many young people in our audience, all supporting this great cause,” said Karen.

Also attending the event was Andrew Jackson. Andrew is one of the care team who looked after Ollie during his weeks at Helen & Douglas House and in his sibling support role, is also still working with Alfie.

Five-a-Side Football Tournament, May 6th 2012

Eleven teams participated in the inaugural Ollie Young Cup. The tournament was organised by his uncle, Kieran and was held at Goals in Woodley. It scored the fantastic sum of £405 for Helen & Douglas House.

The winning team came from Basingstoke (seen here in the orange strip), with Kieran’s team Ollie's Romanians placed in runners up position. Says Kieran,

"If Ollie didn't have a football he would be making everyone smile with his cheekiness and if he wasn't doing that he would be pestering his older bro, Alf, to get up and play!"

"I organised this tournament as I see first hand how people cared for Ollie as much as any family member could have and supported not only him but Sarah, Simon and Alfie and felt it was right to give something back to Helen & Douglas House. Another reason was if Ollie was still here he would be the first to say he wants to have a tournament day!”

A Dressing Down for Darren & Co, May 2012

Ollie’s uncle Darren Young and his colleagues at Kier Construction Services in Basingstoke had a right old dressing down one day at work, but that’s okay! The casual dress day was all to raise funds for Helen & Douglas House in Ollie’s memory, along with a cake sale and sponsored silence for one person (presumably not the one who answers the phone).

An incredible £760 was raised by these events, which covers the cost of a specialist nurse providing one-to-one care for a child or young adult for a whole week at the hospice. ‘This is a really lovely tribute to such a special little boy,” said the letter of thanks from Helen & Douglas House. We couldn’t agree more.

Katie’s Rock n roll Night, April 14th 2012

Shakin’ your booty to raise some booty has a neat kind of appeal to it and it certainly did for the 100 guests who came to Downshire Golf Club in Bracknell 0n the night of the 14th.

Katie Knight’s Rock n Roll evening raised a whopping £1,500 for Helen & Douglas House, in memory of Ollie.

“The evening included a sponsored chest wax, raffle, food and an Elvis impersonator,” says Katie. “It was a really fun evening and an amazing turn out!”

“Thank you to everyone who came and donated money to such an amazing charity.”

Moonlight Walk, March 31st 2012

Many of the pairs of feet trampling the 8km route around the streets of Reading and Caversham on the night of March 31st were there because of one special little boy.

The Moonlight Walk raised funds for Helen & Douglas House and also the Naomi House Children’s Hospice, based in Winchester. Hawthorns School mums and Chestnuts Pre-School staff from Wokingham were out in force, with around 30 ladies braving the chilly night.

Collectively the teams raised over £7,000 thanks to the generosity of sponsors far and wide. Ollie’s story was also relayed to the audience of BBC Radio Berkshire, when one walker was asked by Helen & Douglas House to assist with promoting the event on Phil Kennedy’s drivetime show.

The highlight of the evening? Undoubtedly seeing one very special and brave Mum, who somehow found the courage in such early days, to come and thank the teams for their support.

Darren and Roy’s Irish Supper, March 17th 2012

As members of the Young family, Darren and Roy know first-hand of the wonderful work of the staff and volunteers at Helen & Douglas House. So they decided to participate in the charity’s Simply Supper fundraising scheme with an Irish supper, held on St Patrick’s Day and made a shamrocktastic £200 in the process!

They say,

“Raising money for Helen & Douglas House is the least we can do after all they have done for our family. Every time we visited Ollie there we were made very welcome. The staff create such a positive and happy atmosphere, we knew that our family were in good hands.”