Rake Lane put their wheels in motion for Ollie

14th Jun 2012
Rake Lane put their wheels in motion for Ollie

On Saturday 9 June  nine staff from Kids 1st Rake Lane braved the rainy weather when they cycled from the nursery to St Mary’s Lighthouse, raising over £700 for a special wheelchair for Ollie Crawshaw, who was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy last year. 

Staff at Kids 1st Rake Lane were keen to support Ollie and his parents when they heard that the family needed to raise £15,000 for a wheelchair that would allow Ollie to elevate and lower himself from sitting to standing position. They originally wanted to join Ollie’s dad Rob on part of his 260 mile Northumbria Cycle Challenge but due to work commitments this was not possible, so they decided to hold their own event. 

Both Rob and Ollie joined the girls on their bike ride from the nursery. 

Colette Hicks, Deputy Manager at Kids 1st Rake Lane said: “Ollie is a joy to have at nursery and we all really wanted to do something to help. To raise £700 is amazing and we can’t thank all of the parents and friend of Kids 1st that have sponsored us. Everyone has been very generous.” 

“The bike ride turned out to be very wet but it was all worth it when we found out how much we had raised”

Ollie’s mum, Nicola said: “The support from the nursery has been just fantastic, they joined us at our zumbathon and they have all worked really hard to get sponsors for their bike ride. We can’t thank them enough for what they have achieved.”

On 25 June, Ollie’s dad Rob, a police constable, will be cycling around 27 police stations in the Northumbria area. He hopes to complete the 260-mile course in 24 hours to raise money for Ollie. Anyone who wishes to make a donation can visit: justgiving.com/olliecrawshaw.