10 year old’s wheels 10,000 “steps” for 30 days to raise money for local hospital

10 year old Ollie Jensen from Cleveleys has raised £100 for his local NHS Charity Blue Skies to thank NHS workers for their hard work during the pandemic.

Ollie broke his femur a few months ago so he put his own spin on the Charity’s “Walk for Wards” campaign and wheeled his way to 10,000 “steps” every day in March.

It’s not the first time he’s done his bit for charity either.  A year ago he did 200 laps around the block, the equivalent to a phenomenal 80km, and raised £450 for NHS Charities Together. A feat he was later recognised for by winning a Community Hero Award.

Come rain or shine, Ollie set out to reach the thousands of steps each day with his family by his side cheering him on.

He said: “I broke my leg in December so I decided instead of walking around the block; I’m going to do it in my wheelchair.”

His mum Naomi, a Carer, explains that they’ve made many trips to Blackpool Vic as Ollie has brittle bones, so as well as this challenge is physically helping him, it’s giving back to their local hospital.

“We’re really proud of him, especially with what he’s had to overcome. It’s something nice for the community and to thank everyone [in the NHS] for the work they’ve been doing, especially throughout Covid.”

To support Ollie’s effort, visit his fundraising page: https://bfwh.enthuse.com/pf/oliverjensen

To get involved with Blue Skies Walk for Wards campaign this spring and raise money for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, visit: https://bfwh.enthuse.com/cf/walk-for-wards