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Inspirational Ollie takes on 26 mile marathon equivalent in just two weeks to raise thousands for charity

Inspirational Ollie takes on 26 mile marathon equivalent in just two weeks to raise thousands for charity

by Danielle Thompson (April 2020)

A SPORTY youngster from Hesketh Bank is using his daily exercise to run the equivalent of a whole marathon in just two weeks.

Inspirational Ollie Ascroft, 10, has already raised £2,770 for TippyToes Baby Bank charity in Preston by running from his home to his school, Tarleton Community Primary in Hesketh Lane, which is currently closed.

He started his fundraiser on Sunday, April 26 and he is using an app to track his daily distance of almost two miles - with the aim of notching up the equivalent 26 miles within 14 days!

He has already smashed his fundraising target at Go Fund Me but is hoping for extra donations from kind-hearted Champion readers.

TippyToes was founded in 2019 to provide essential items to families in desperate need around the county, such as milk formula, nappies, wipes, second-hand clothes, equipment, furniture, toiletries and donations. The charity, which has helped more than 900 families over the last 12 months, has seen a huge rise in people needing its help during the coronavirus crisis.

Ollie is the youngest person to raise funds for the charity. It’s not even the first time the youngster has impressed with his determination and sporting achievements – aged eight, he became the youngest ever karate blackbelt member of the Black Belt Leadership Academy in Hesketh Lane. A massive Liverpool FC fan, he also plays football for Hesketh Bank Football Club Under 11s.

Ollie, who lives in Hesketh Bank with his parents, Brad and Gemma Ascroft, and sisters, Sienna, Sienna, and Deia, 20 months, was inspired to help the charity after reading about its crucial work and wanting to use his time in lockdown to do something positive to help families in need.

He said: “I love sports and enjoy being active, so I wanted to use that to do something to help others while I’m off school and have the chance.”

His mum, Gemma added: “Ollie has always been a very thoughtful, kind and caring boy, and he’s very aware that there are families who are really struggling at this difficult time, so I’m not surprised at all that he came up with this brilliant idea to help others.

“Initially, he was aiming to raise £500, but he’s already managed £2,500, and we’re extremely proud of him. The only downside to this is that I have to run all that way with him!”

Sue Wade, TippyToes founder, added: “We are amazed by Ollie's determination and energy to carry out this feat at his young age. We are also astounded at his thoughtfulness and generosity to want to raise funds for our charity and we hope that it encourages others to set themselves personal challenges to also help support us! The money Ollie raises will be helping us to assist so many families to get through this hugely challenging time.”

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