“He told his mum he wanted to help children who are not as fortunate as him. He looked at local charities and thought EACH would be a great one to support” – seven-year-old Olly raises £1,365 after cycling a gruelling 50 miles

A super-fit seven-year-old showed steely determination to cycle 50 miles and raise more than £1,000 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). Kind-hearted Olly Whittle completed the gruelling challenge along with mum Becky.

They set off from their family home in Old Buckingham and cycled via country roads to Olly’s grandparents’ house in Acle.

Olly had initially set himself a fundraising target of £500 but his final total was £1,365. He proudly presented a cheque to EACH Community Fundraiser Ellie Miller at The Nook, in Framingham Earl.

Dad Rob said: “We were all so proud of Olly. He did brilliantly on the day and that was despite having to take an enforced break after getting a puncture at Shotesham.

“It was something he dearly wanted to do and he was the one who decided which charity to support. He told his mum he wanted to help children who are not as fortunate as him. He looked at local charities and thought EACH would be a great one to support.”

Olly and Becky’s marathon bike ride took place on Saturday, 29th July.

Olly, a big football fan who recently watched his beloved Norwich City win their first game of the season against Hull City, was joined at The Nook by his dad and four-year-old brother, Dylan.

Notes to Editors

“EACH has made us all feel part of an extended family and, thanks to staff and fellow families, we’re not alone with problems. We always leave The Treehouse feeling positive, stronger and thankful.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron –Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds,visit each.org.uk or call our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.

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For further information about this release please contact:

Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

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