Donna Owens explains why all the children chose to take part in the Great North Run 2014, to raise funds for CLIC Sargent in support of their friend Oliver who was diagnosed with cancer whilst in his reception class:
"You have to run, it's for Ollie!"
"Following Oliver's operation, his whole school wanted to show their support for this brave little boy.
"They listened to the opinions of his classmates and decided they wanted to show their love for Oliver and also raise funds for CLIC Sargent which has supported Oliver and his family over last four years.
"One of Oliver's classmates suggested a sponsored event, with another suggesting the Great North Run. From here the idea grew and grew. At school the children worked hard to recruit other classes – no was not an option – “you have to run, it's for Ollie!”. The numbers grew every day until they became known as 'Ollie's Army'.
"It was breath taking to watch the amount of inspiration, support and love from the children for Oliver. They just wanted to do something and this was it, the Junior Great North Run.
"A big inspiration came from Oliver's buddy year – the Year 5 class who acted as buddies for Oliver's year group when they were reception children. They are now in Year 9 and starting their GCSE course work.
"When they heard about Oliver's condition they understood better than anyone as Oliver was first diagnosed when he was in reception class. They rushed to support their buddy year and to run and train alongside them.
"Parents also wanted to support the children, and training sessions were arranged for 'Ollie's Army' where the children and parents come together to train for the run.
It’s a time where both parents and children can get fit and have fun at the same time raising money for the charity but more importantly to show how much love and support there is for Oliver and his family."
If you have been inspired by 'Ollie's Army', take part in a run for CLIC Sargent and help raise funds for children and young people with cancer, and their families.