Thank you to the Ollivers for fundraising £700!
Smile would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to Laura and Ryan Olliver who raised over £699 for us throughout 2017 during their ‘12 Run Challenge’.
Ryan and Laura began their health and fitness journey in 2016 with our own personal goals of losing weight and taking part in a muddy run each. After successfully completing runs, they decided to jointly take on the challenge of completing a minimum of 6 runs each by December 2017!
Ryan and Laura said of the reason they chose to support Smile, "...because of the amazing work and support they provide to disabled children and their families. Laura's own sister is disabled and as a child she would have time in a respite centre similar to the ones offered by Smile. This time was invaluable to Laura's sister as it gave her the opportunity to be surrounded by specialist care who could provide a range of activities that would be beyond the means of the family. The time was also crucial for the family as it gave them a chance to have a break and do everyday things that other families do without having to worry so much. Unfortunately The Cherries (the respite centre used by Laura's family) has since been closed after NHS budget cuts and therefore we felt that we wanted to help fundraise for Smile to help keep these valuable centres open."
Participating in 12 runs in 12 months is no easy mission, so we applaud them for their dedication and perseverance! All the money raised will go towards our short-break respite care centre in Waterlooville.
If you'd like to take up a challenge and fundraise for Smile in 2018, please do get in touch!