Charity's treasure trail reward is Alcester schoolboy's new pride and joy - The Redditch Standard

Charity's treasure trail reward is Alcester schoolboy's new pride and joy

Redditch Editorial 4th Feb, 2021   0

A FIVE-foot furry lion is an Alcester schoolboy’s new pride and joy after he won the teddy while out shopping.

Four-year-old Aaron Carlyle was awarded the ‘Olly The Brave’ teddy after successfully completing a charity lion hunt with his friend Sophia Esler, aged eight.

Throughout December charity Molly Olly’s Wishes asked keen-eyed shoppers in Warwick to look out for lion mascots in 14 windows, each one sporting festive outfits and displaying a letter.

Entries, which spelled out seasonal words, were then posted through the letterbox at Molly Olly’s Wishes offices in Swan Street, Warwick for the chance to win the super-sized Olly.

The cuddly lions have their own Hickman line and a detachable mane, which helps to explain and normalise the effects of chemotherapy.

These form part of an Olly The Brave pack that has now been handed out to more than 40 hospitals, along with a book from the charity’s exclusive Olly The Brave series.

Aaron’s mum Lisa said: “He was over the moon when he found out he’d won but didn’t realise how big he was until he arrived at the front door.

“Molly Olly’s is such an amazing charity. For the family to turn something so negative into such a huge positive for so many is amazing.

“I really take my hat off to them.”

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

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