Ian's two wheeled 940 mile challenge for Molly Olly's Wishes - The Solihull Observer

Ian's two wheeled 940 mile challenge for Molly Olly's Wishes

Solihull Editorial 28th Aug, 2021   0

PEDAL power propelled a big-hearted fundraiser 940 miles in just 12 days in aid of children’s charity Molly Olly’s Wishes.

Ian Smith from Cheswick Green exceeded his original target after completing the Lands End to John O’Groats route, clocking up more than £2,000 with the support of sponsors and his company Mercer’s in Birmingham which matched the funds.

While having previously taken part in cycling events for the charity, this marked the biggest challenge for the 52-year-old who trained – virtually – for four months before setting off on June 28.

“It all went pretty smoothly actually – I just had to put up with saddle sores!” said Ian.

“I was well prepared because I had spoken to Great Bear Cycle Tours beforehand who were really helpful and provided training, advice and kit.”

Warwick-based Molly Olly’s Wishes was established in 2011 following the death of Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw’s eight-year-old daughter Molly from a rare kidney cancer.

Molly Ollerenshaw on way to party 2011 the year she died.

The charity works to support children with terminal or life-limiting illnesses and their families and help with their emotional wellbeing as well as grant around 350 wishes a year and donate therapeutic toys and books to both children directly and to hospitals.

Their mascot is a therapeutic toy lion called Olly The Brave who has his own Hickman line and a detachable mane which helps to explain and normalise the effects of chemotherapy.

The charity also works with the NHS to support projects including funding the first Molly Olly consultant in paediatric palliative medicine and furnishing Magnolia House, both at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Ian said: “I have known Tim and Rachel for more than 30 years through Olton and West Warwickshire Hockey Club.

“Following the loss of Molly to cancer they’ve done a brilliant job, working tirelessly to set up and run Molly Olly’s Wishes to help support children with life-threatening illnesses, in a number of ways.”

Further information about Molly Olly’s Wishes or to donate visit: www.mollyolly.co.uk

Donations can also be still be made via: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ian-smith211

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