Friends adopt ‘pedalo power’ for canal fundraiser

Pedal power will be driving two south Warwickshire fundraisers who are putting their weight behind an unusual challenge for a local children’s charity.

Friends Alex Pearson from Stratford and Emma Brayne from Warwick will be joined by two canine companions as they travel almost 12km of The Grand Union Canal – in a pedalo!

The pair have been in training to prepare for the eight-hour challenge, which will see them set off from Radford Semele and finish at Hatton Locks, on July 13th in aid of Molly Olly’s Wishes.

As community champion of Morrisons, in Leamington, Alex, 33, is no stranger to fundraising, recent efforts including sponsored walks for both Safeline and Clic Sargent.

She said: “We did some really good work with other charities and I was told about the work Molly Olly’s do. I was so keen to support and help raise money for this great charity.

She added: “We’ve been doing lots of pedalling on a machine whilst working at our desks with our feet going like mad underneath. We know this is going to be hard and we are having lots of practises on the pedalo beforehand to get ourselves ready.”

“I like to think outside the box when it comes to fundraising. All my family and friends say I am mad but they know what I decide to do is for the greater good. I like to do the toughest challenge and push myself as much as possible.”

Along with Emma, Alex will be joined been joined, as on most of her challenges, with her dogs Archie and Chester.

“These two are my world and I love the fact they can join me in doing these fundraisers. Also people like to donate money because of them,” Alex added.

Rachel Ollerenshaw said: “We always love new and creative ways to fundraise and Alex’s pedalo challenge is certainly that. Alex and the team at Morrisons Leamington have been very supportive. They do so much for our local community. Molly Olly’s are very grateful for the help and would ask people to support where they can. The latest delays in the rules have meant that more fundraising events have had to be cancelled so any fundraising is very welcome as we have many families who need our support.”

The girls, who have had the support of Leamington Boats and The Canal River Trust, are also adding collection tins in the store and hope to reach their fundraising target of £500. To donate, click here.

Emma, 39, added: “I felt I wanted to play my part to help Alex. When I heard which charity it was in aid of and learned all about what they do, it only made me want to help even more. Molly Olly’s do so much for families going through the unimaginable turmoil experienced by a poorly child, so me suffering a few sore limbs is nothing.”

July 6, 2021 at 3:15 pm | News | No comment

Kindhearted housekeepers’ big ‘push’ for charity

A team of six kindhearted housekeepers at the Hotel Sheraton in Blackpool have been raising money for Molly Olly’s Wishes. The team dressed as famous maids, and pushed their housekeeping trolleys in pairs 5km along Blackpool Promenade on Thursday, June 24, starting and finished at the hotel, via the Tower, and Bispham.

Head housekeeper from the Hotel Sheraton, Jeannette Lovatt, was joined by Alison Beavers, Annie Hatcher, Ellie Spencer, Sandie Beavers and Cliona Beavers.

Liz Brown, owner of the Hotel Sheraton, said: “As a close friend of the Ollerenshaw family, Molly Olly’s Wishes is a charity I have been involved with since it was formed 10 years ago and the staff and guests at the hotel raised over £6,000 during 2018/19.”  Liz also paid tribute to her team which, she says, have worked hard to maintain the highest possible levels of cleanliness to keep guests safe throughout the pandemic.

The team are well on their way to reaching their £1,000 target.

July 6, 2021 at 2:54 pm | News | No comment

Knowle teenagers gearing up for Molly Olly’s Wishes challenge

Carrick Hayre and Nicole Baker will be pedalling 50miles to the Molly Olly’s Wishes headquarters in Warwick in aid of the Charity. The pair are hoping to raise £1,000 for wishes and therapeutic toys and books for children with life-threatening illnesse and their families across the UK.

Carrick, age 14 and attends Arden School, said: “I decided I wanted to do something for the Charity when I started doing my Duke of Edinburgh Award last year. I like the Charity because it helps children emotionally rather than physically, which I’m not sure that many other charities do so much.”

Nicole, 13, a pupil at Solihull School, added: “I wanted a new challenge and decided to help the Charity, especially after their struggle over the past year. I also love the fact that they help grant children’s wishes.”

May 25, 2021 at 4:05 pm | News | No comment

Wadsworth Solicitors Generosity

A solicitors firm which opened its Warwick offices during the pandemic has donated £500 to Molly Olly’s Wishes to help supports children with terminal and life-limiting illnesses.  Wadsworths, which also has offices in Solihull, Henley and Tamworth, presented us with the donation recently, representing a percentage of every will they administered throughout the month of November last year.

Richard Dundee, head of wills and probate at Wadsworths Solicitors, said: “We decided to support Molly’s Olly’s Wishes as they are a much valued and loved charity in the local Warwick area. We pride ourselves on taking an active part in our local community and are proud to be supporting such a fantastic local charity after what has been a difficult year for everyone.”

Rachel Ollerenshaw said: “Thank you to all the team at Wadsworths for their support from their Make a Will Week. The funds are very gratefully received and will be used to help children facing very challenging circumstances.”

May 21, 2021 at 3:58 pm | News | No comment

Donation from The Cadbury Foundation

Molly Olly’s Wishes is delighted to be one of the Midlands charities who have been awarded a grant from The Cadbury Foundation. We were chosen by employees at Mondelēz International sites throughout the region, and have received a donation of £5,000. We are hugely grateful to Georgia and Ryan especially who work at Cadburys and who nominated us. The donation will be used to provide wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses across the Midlands and beyond.

April 30, 2021 at 3:53 pm | News | No comment

Egg-straordinary Effort to Spread Easter Cheer

Molly Olly’s Wishes has been busy delivering more than 300 chocolate eggs and teddies to community nurses and volunteers at South Warwickshire Foundation Trust Community Children’s Nursing Team for distribution to children with life-threatening illnesses across the area.

The eggs haul comes courtesy of Warwickshire Freemasons and staff at international automotive manufacturing company Grupo Antolin, which has local sites in Warwick and Coventry.

Rachel Ollerenshaw said: “Molly Olly’s are very grateful to both Grupo Antolin and Peter Manning and the members of the Warwickshire Freemasons for all the eggs and teddies that they have very kindly donated. It gives us all a lot of pleasure to see the big smiles when the eggs are delivered.

“Simple gifts can lift children’s spirits when they are facing very challenging circumstances and it lets them know that people are thinking about them. This is an initiative that the Charity have done for many years and both the nurses and families are very grateful to receive them.”

The Warwickshire Freemasons, which have presented a total of £150,000 to local charities throughout the pandemic, have now also donated more than 3,500 eggs to, among others, Acorns Hospice, Warwick Refuge, Shipston Food Bank, The Salvation Army and Coventry Haven.

April 25, 2021 at 3:38 pm | News | No comment

Rank Foundation Award

Molly Olly’s Wishes is delighted to have received a generous grant from the Rank Foundation. This has been made to help us cover our running costs, which is vitally important so that more of your donations will be used to help seriously ill children, hoping to make their dark days brighter during extremely challenging times for them and their families.  The Rank Foundation’s aim is to improve the lives of people and their communities across the UK, and we are very grateful that they have recognised our work in this way.

March 26, 2021 at 9:11 am | News | No comment

Molly Olly’s Wishes Cheltenham 2021 Preview Evening with Warwick Racecourse

Join us next Friday, 12 March, between 19:00 and 20:30 for a Cheltenham Preview Evening like no other, with hot tips and opinions from some of the country’s finest. When you purchase a ticket for this on-line event, you are not only guaranteeing yourself access to the hottest Festival information from an expert panel who “live racing”, you are also helping Molly Olly’s Wishes, as all proceeds come to us.  Talking through the four days, hosts Andre Klein and Tommy “Tips” Williams, will be joined by the county’s finest; the unstoppable pair of Dan and Harry Skelton and young training star, Olly Murphy. Racing form-man, Ally Watson will be also be giving his highly valued opinions.

Tickets can be purchased here at a cost of £10 which includes entry into the Molly Olly’s Wishes Champion Tipster competition – the entry form & details will be released after the preview night.


1st Place: Joint Annual Membership to Warwick Racecourse for 2021 / 22 season with a yard visit for 4 people to Dan Skelton’s or Olly Murphy’s

2nd Place: 2 VIP Guest Badges to a fixture at Warwick Racecourse – Dine with the directors & enjoy a day at the races in with the Winning Connections

3rd Place: 4 General Admission tickets to a fixture at Warwick Racecourse with horses for courses tour included


March 4, 2021 at 3:20 pm | News | No comment

Amazing 8 year old runs for Molly Olly’s Wishes

A schoolboy from Warwick has adopted the spirit of Sir Captain Tom Moore by running 62 miles around Hatton Park for Molly Olly’s Wishes. William Colegate ran two miles every day for a month starting on 17th January. His original plan was to raise £500, the typical cost of one of our wishes for a child with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness. But Will has been so successful with encouraging donations, including an appearance on BBC Midlands Today, that he upped his target to £2,500 and his total is now £2,696. You can still donate if you wish by following this link

February 19, 2021 at 3:16 pm | News | No comment

Virtual Balloon Race raises £2,700 for MOW!

Many thanks to everyone who took part in the Christmas virtual balloon race organised jointly by Knowle & Dorridge Rotary Club and Redditch Kingfisher Rotary Club. The race raised £5,400 in total of which £2,700 has been donated to Molly Olly’s Wishes and the remaining £2,700 to the Redditch Community Heartbeat Trust. We hope you all enjoyed decorating and tracking your balloons as they flew from Santa’s Lapland base.

February 19, 2021 at 2:45 pm | News | No comment

Next Page »