Kirkstone House pupils raise funds for four-year-old Olive

Madaleine Lindsay and Alexi Winship, students at Kirkstone House School, baston presenting a cheque to Olive White following fundraising at the school EMN-151120-105422009
Madaleine Lindsay and Alexi Winship, students at Kirkstone House School, baston presenting a cheque to Olive White following fundraising at the school EMN-151120-105422009

Pupils at Kirkstone House School in Baston, were delighted to present a cheque to a little girl who has been busy raising funds to buy herself a special needs trike.

Olive White, from Crowland, is a four-year-old girl with a very rare undiagnosed condition, after being born with one half of her body significantly smaller and weaker than the other. At 18-months-old, Olive had to have her right foot amputated and now uses a prosthetic leg to walk.

Olive also suffers from Scoliosis due to the unequal sides of her body. This means she needs support from a special needs chair and a wheelchair to help keep her spine as straight as possible.

Olive’s family have recently been fundraising to get Olive a special needs trike, to give her the joy and freedom to cycle like any other child. Olive’s mum, Kristina set the fundraising target at £2,600, but has since gone on to receive more than £3,000 in generous donations.

Of those who donated, were pupils at Kirkstone House who organised a non-uniform day. On Thursday, last week the school held a special assembly which Olive and her mum attended, and were presented with the cheque of £570.

Head of pastoral care, Vicki Maguire said: “As soon as a the pupils heard Olive’s story they wanted to donate. The assembly went really well, it was lovely to meet Olive - she’s such an outgoing girl.”

Olive’s trike has now been ordered and will arrive in the next few weeks. Her mum has said that she hasn’t stopped smiling.