‘Love Oliver’ fundraiser

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A COUPLE with Island connections, who lost their infant son on Christmas Day, are holding a fund raising event this Saturday to help research into childhood cancer.

Andy and Jennifer Gill only had five and a half months with baby Oliver before he succumbed to cancer. He had spent most of his short life in hospital in a desperate battle for life.

Now, though, his parents are holding their first island fund raising event in Ionad Stoodie, Garrabost, Point between 12 noon and 2 pm on Saturday.

The Gills have set up ‘Love Oliver’, a trust fund dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research and providing practical help to families at the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh.

They explain: “Oliver was born on July 10th 2010 with a very rare and aggressive form of cancer, and in his 24 weeks of life had a massive worldwide impact as he smiled his way through chemotherapy. He thrived despite his intensive treatment and taught so many people so many things.

“Oliver’s story is in no way over and we need you all to help keep it going by continuing to Love Oliver through donating to his fund.

“Oliver passed away on Christmas Day 2010 and we, his parents, miss him more than words can express. We are thankful for every minute we were blessed with him and each one was precious.”

Their aim is to raise as much money as possible to help other children and families who find themselves in a similar situation.

Until July 2010 they did not know much about childhood cancer. Now they know more than they would ever want to and know it can happen to anyone, at any time.

At the time of going to press, the Love Oliver trust fund had raised over £17,000. Readers wishing to donate online can do so at www.loveoliver.org.uk.

Oliver has also featured on the front cover of the Free Church magazine, The Record, which introduced a two page spread inside, a touching letter to Oliver from his parents.

They wrote: “No words can express how much we love and miss you, just as no words can help ease our pain just now. You had exactly 24 weeks to make your mark on the world and you sure managed to do that in style.”