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

Christmas Day Virtual Balloon Race

Be in with a chance to win £500! See how far you can you get your personally designed balloon to fly by choosing the shape, thickness, colour and design of your virtual balloon and track its flight when it’s released from Santa’s Village in Lapland on Christmas Day.
For just £3 a go, you could be in with a shot of winning £500 cash or an Apple iPad, or 10 prizes of £10 book tokens for runners up. To join in go to Christmas Balloon , buy a balloon or a code to give to someone else – a great stocking filler and way to keep the whole family entertained. The event is being run by Redditch Kingfisher and Knowle and Dorridge Rotary Clubs, with proceeds being divided equally between Molly Olly’s Wishes and Redditch Kingfisher Public Access Defibrillator Project.

December 22, 2020 at 9:09 pm | News | No comment

Olly The Brave Christmas Treasure Trail in Warwick

Wondering how to entertain the children throughout December?  Well look no further – we want to spread a little bit of Christmas cheer and magic and so invite you and your little ones to take part in our Olly The Brave Christmas Treasure Trail.  The Trail will take place around Warwick Town Centre from Friday 4th December until Tuesday 29th December.  Your job is to find all the cuddly lion Ollys who will be sitting in various shop or business windows and will be dressed up for Christmas. Each will have a letter of the alphabet which you need to collect to make a word – correct entries will be entered into a draw to win a giant Olly The Brave. You can get involved over as many days as you like. You do not need to enter the shops or offices to find Olly.

The Treasure trail is FREE but if you would like to donate to our charity, we would be extremely grateful.  As you can imagine this year has been extremely difficult for us, as our fundraising has significantly reduced but we are seeing a massive increase in wishes and children requiring Olly The Brave therapeutic lions and books to help explain their journey. All the children that we help have life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses.  Anything you can give to help Olly The Brave and Molly Olly’s Wishes support these children and their families through their darkest days would be extremely gratefully received.

Downloadthe Treasure Trail entry form and instructions – and if you would like to donate please click here.

December 22, 2020 at 8:26 pm | News | No comment

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