Family and friends of Merseyside teenager who died earlier this year raise hundreds in her memory

Congratulations to everyone that took part and supported this cause  RIP darling Olivia x x x x x x

“Olivia’s 16th Birthday Bash” was organised by the family of 15-year-old Olivia Walker

A fundraising event is being held by the Olivia Alice Foundation, set up in memory of 15-year-old Olivia Walker from Halewood
A fundraising event is being held by the Olivia Alice Foundation, set up in memory of 15-year-old Olivia Walker from Halewood

The family and friends of a teenager who died this year have raised hundreds of pounds in her memory.

“Olivia’s 16th Birthday Bash” was organised by the family of 15-year-old Olivia Walker, from Halewood, following her death in February

Among those who attended yesterday’s event was 12-year-old Aidan Jackson, from Widnes.

The Ormiston Chadwick Academy pupil, who has Asperger’s syndrome, handed over a cheque for more than £1,200 to the Olivia Alice Foundation.

Olivia’s mum Kim told the Sunday ECHO: “We want to help other children with complex needs, with medical equipment and breaks away. As a family we’re trying to make something decent out of a tragedy.”

Olivia, who suffered problems with several disabilities, was a pupil at Bluebell Park in Kirkby and spent time at Claire House Children’s Hospice and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Yesterday’s event was held in Halewood and included an auction, bouncy castle and disco as well as Aidan’s presentation to the foundation of his fundraising efforts.

Caroline Jackson, mum of Aidan, said: “He originally set himself a target of £845 which is the equivalent of a mile of pennies.

“We met Olivia’s family a few years ago through Halton Swimming Club and from there became friends with Olivia.

“He’s just been constantly getting donations.

“People heard about it on Facebook and have turned up at the house with bags of pennies.

“I’m extremely proud of him. He has his own battles, he needed a wheelchair a lot when he was younger but he always says he wants to do something to help other people.”

Caroline added: “Olivia melted everybody when they met her. She didn’t speak but she had the biggest smile and the brightest blue eyes.”


Manchester postman hopes to deliver £15,000 in memory of son by taking on Three Peak challenge

A proud Manchester father has swapped delivering parcels for lofty heights in a bid to raise money for Cancer Research in honour of his late son.

Postman Paul O’Shea is set to embark on the Three Peaks Challenge in an attempt to raise £15,000, after his son tragically lost his battle with papillary thyroid carcinoma, a type of thyroid cancer.

The challenge will see Paul, his niece’s husband Jason Duffy and other fundraisers as part of Team Christie, scale up the highest mountains in England, Wales and Scotland in just 24 hours.

Paul and Jason will cover nearly 3,000metres of ascent and descent when they take on the challenge, climbing Ben Nevis in the morning before moving onto Scafell Pike and finally tackling Mount Snowdon.

Paul, from Crumpsall, has been preparing for the gruelling challenge, which will take place on August 2-3, and admits that this is beyond any other challenges he has undertaken in the past.

“I expect it’s really going to be difficult – in fact, it’s going to take us to the limit,” said the 47-year-old.

“We’ve been going out for walks in the hills around Rochdale but it’s nothing like the Three Peaks and I know this is much tougher than anything else we’ve tried before.

“I’ve never tried hill climbing before but I do keep fit by going to the gym and working with weights.

“I was talking to Jason about what we could do for charity and we thought we’d give the Three Peaks a try.”

This is not the first time that Paul has orchestrated fundraising efforts in Ben’s name and he is already well on the way to achieving his £15,000 goal and is hoping to surpass it.

“We’re a very close family and we’ve already had a fundraising do in Ben’s name when we had an auction, tombola and a disco, and we had a very big turnout so we were very pleased,” he said.

Young Ben was first diagnosed in December 2012 and was treated at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital as well as at The Christie.

“He was a very bubbly little lad who was a big football fan – three Manchester United players came to visit him when he was in hospital – and he just loved life,” added Paul.

Rowena Finn, Sporting Events Officer at The Christie charity, said:  “We truly appreciate the effort Paul and his family have put into raising funds for The Christie in Ben’s memory.

“The Three Peaks is an epic challenge and we wish Paul and Jason the best of luck with the task ahead.  We’ll be supporting you every step of the way.”

If you would like to contribute to the fund set up in Ben O’Shea’s name at The Christie, please visit: or email the team via or call 0161 446 3400.

Support Will Climbing Mount Kilamanjaro


Our lovely Ambassador Sue Atkins son Will is fundraising for Childreach International, he is taking his body and mind to the limit by climbing Mount Kilamanjaro.  Please support his huge plight  or text UNLOCK 100683 to 70 007 to donate £3 and get him closer to the target!…..that £1 will make a difference



Next summer to help raise money for Childreach International, I, along with 51 other intrepid climbers from Brunel University am taking on the massive challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
The climb itself takes six days and will certainly be the biggest challenge I’ve ever undertaken, but I’m doing it all for Childreach – a charity that works in communities around the world helping raise the standard of health and education for some of the most deprived kids in the world, as well as giving them access to basic rights. It’s an incredibly worthy cause and I’m really looking forward to travelling out to Tanzania to see one of Childreach’s projects next summer.
Any donation you make towards the climb, or any of the other events I’ll be putting on between now and August will be hugely appreciated, no matter how big or small.
Thanks for visiting the page, and hopefully I’ll be able to make it to the top!
Will xx


To view Wills fundraising page simply click the link :


Supporting Alzheimers Society – Sylvia’s Challenge


Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

I am completing this trek in memory of my mum. Those who know me well, are aware that my mum sadly  passed away in January of this year. My mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years back and with medication and care from all the family, it was managed well.

Weeks after mum passed away my dad was then diagnosed with it , so here we go again!! As a family we have all been affected by Alzheimer’s and I wanted to do something to remember my mum. I was asked at work to take part in this trek  and to raise money for the Alzheimer’s society.

I am doing this challenge with three friends from work, so I have joined my page with the Health and Social Care page and between the four of us we are aiming to raise £1000. So please support us for  this  worth while cause.

Thank you in advance.

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Raising money for

Alzheimer's Society

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Charity Registration No. 296645

Alzheimer’s Society is the leading UK care and research charity for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, their families and carers. To find out more about fundraising for the Society log on to

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Vicky the Easter Fairy

With the news and media plagued with such sad, uninspiring and often boring stories, it is a far cry from when community spirit would dominate communities, bringing them together.
Being in hospital is very daunting particularly when you are in for prolonged periods of time. This Easter there will be a lot of very happy but sick children in some Manchester hospitals. My friend Vicky made that plight yesterday cheering up the faces of nurses, families and children.

With Easter upon us Vicky Leach voluntarily set out to try and cheer the children and staff of the Bone Marrow wards in Manchester hospitals. Vicky had a friend whose daughter was treated on the Bone Marrow Ward as a way of saying thanks to the nurses and for the children being in hospital over Easter….Vicky decided to become the Easter Fairy. She encouraged her family/ friends and community to make donations of Easter eggs through her Facebook. Her local Asda store – Eastlands in Manchester supported Vicky and they allowed her to stand in and outside the store so she could request donations from the public. Vicky done this for a number of days and her hard work, determination and caring nature paid off as she collected 922 Easter eggs. She arranged them into lovely hampers, and decorated glasses for the mums of the sick children just to let them know they were being thought of.
Yesterday (19 April 2014) along with her friends Donna, Stephen, Kirsty and Caroline, Vicky delivered the eggs to various units including Ward 84 and the Bone Marrow Ward at North Manchester General Hospital and then travelled to Christies Hospital.


Vicky on her Facebook :
I’ve laughed and cried today put smiles on so many sick people face today from st Mary’s to Christies and the other hospitals we went just sat down from 8 this morning and 922 eggs lighter haha xx I’m feeling so proud of myself n Donna from the hampers to glasses for the mum n jus being aloud on the wards to hand everything out my it all worth while so big thanks to u all n to Michael Hinds for driving us to the hospital andn Skot n to everyone thats given made my whole year xx just don’t no how lucky we r glad to give a little back xxx happy bank holiday people — feeling wonderful with Kirsty Riley and 4 others.


With everyday life, families, work etc to give your time to charities and other worthwhile causes is a very humble thing to do. It is either in you as a person or it isn’t, and luckily for all the children/parents and staff waking up today they will be very grateful . Vicky well done lovely, your caring nature as always, getting people together and going that one step further to make a difference.

If only there were more Vickys in this world
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Happy Easter Everyone

James Kirby Raising Money for Cash for Kids

Rock FM and Magic 999’s Cash for Kids aims to improve the quality of life for children living in the Lancashire area. It makes grants to support local kids who are suffering from abuse or neglect, who are disabled and have special needs and children and young people that need extra help and care.

Please help and support James very kind pledge into raising money

James’s Kirby Charity Celebrity Football Match Page

“I’m taking part in a charity football match for Rock FM and Magic 999’s Cash for Kids because i want to help put a smile on less fortunate faces”

To make a donation to James fabulous appeal please click on the link below. Every pound does help

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