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Ollie Young Foundation reaches first milestone of £100,000

Wokingham, Berkshire, 11th September 2013

We are delighted to announce that we have reached the fantastic milestone of £100,000. This not only represents a monumental achievement in the 14 months since the Ollie Young Foundation was launched in June 2012, but also marks the attainment of our first fundraising goal, to fund three years of dedicated paediatric brain tumour research.

This achievement belongs to each and every one of you who have contributed in some way. If you bought or made a cake, ran, swam or walked for us, abseiled, performed, bought a wristband, tried yoga, had a beauty treatment, selected the foundation as your company's or club's charity, put your loose change into one of our collecting tins, donated a raffle prize, manned a stall or even organised an event for us, worn your hoody with pride or contributed in any way at all, then you should feel very proud of this news. We love you for it!

As Sarah Young says, "We are so proud to be able to put wheels in motion to start research in Ollie's name. The fundraising is a testament to the compassion of all those who have put money into our collecting tins, participated in sponsored activities, bought tickets to one of our events or supported us by wearing our merchandise. Everyone can share in the success of what we have done to help fund brain tumour research."

It will be full steam ahead for us to achieve the second phase of fundraising required to continue that vital research and also to continue to support the Helen & Douglas House Hospice in Oxford and the CLIC Sargent children's cancer charity, organisations which provided vital support to the Young family during Ollie's illness.

Last word to Simon Young; "We've said it before so many times, but "thank you" just doesn't cover what we want to say. We have had support from far and wide but the people of Wokingham have been our heartbeat, they have been wonderful. And we couldn't have a more dedicated committee than those at the OYF, they have all worked so hard at events and behind the scenes too. They're a great bunch and we look forward to continuing to work together going forward."