Ollie, five, to take part in Santa fun run for cause

Ollie Williams EMN-151124-143005001
Ollie Williams EMN-151124-143005001

Five-year-old, Ollie Williams from Stamford is taking part in this year’s Santa Fun Run on behalf of the Phoebe Research Fund and has so far raised more than £1,000.

Ollie, a Year 1 pupil at Malcolm Sargent School, decided to enter the Santa Fun Run to help raise money for Phoebe Crowson, aged six, who suffers from the rare genetic skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

Ollie first heard about the Phoebe Research Fund from his friend Georgie Thomas, who took part in the Great Eastern Run for the Stamford-based charity earlier the year and decided to donate some of his own money.

Ollie’s dad, Martin said: “He is very keen to do the run and is really excited by the amount of money he has raised so far.

“We asked Ollie how he would feel if one of his sisters had EB and he said that it would make him very sad and he wishes that Phoebe did not have it - he wants the doctors to be able to make her better.”

Ollie’s original target was to raise a total of £100, but that has since been exceeded by the amount of generous donations he has collected from friends, family, teachers and anyone who knocks on the door at his house.

Martin added: “Sometimes Ollie comes into work with me and several of my colleagues know him. When I told them what he is doing they responded very generously and donated several hundred pounds.

“My wife and I are very proud of what he is doing, it is especially nice as parents to see our child get excited about helping others and we are amazed at the amount of sponsorship he has received.”

The ninth annual Stamford Santa Fun Run is back at Burghley Park on Sunday, December 13, at 11.30am.

To enter the event, organised by the Rotary Club of Stamford, visit the website at www.stamfordsantafunrun.com