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'I'm blown away' - hundreds gather for cake sale remembering brave Ollie

PUBLISHED: 13:32 19 May 2019 | UPDATED: 08:02 20 May 2019

The annual Ollie's Heroes cake sale was held in memory of Ollie Gray from Oulton, who died in 2015. Picture: Mick Howes

The annual Ollie's Heroes cake sale was held in memory of Ollie Gray from Oulton, who died in 2015. Picture: Mick Howes

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A community enjoyed an array of sweet treats as it remembered a much-loved youngster who lost his battle with cancer.

The annual Ollie's Heroes cake sale was held in memory of Ollie Gray from Oulton, who died in 2015. Picture: Mick HowesThe annual Ollie's Heroes cake sale was held in memory of Ollie Gray from Oulton, who died in 2015. Picture: Mick Howes

Hundreds descended on Carlton Colville Community Centre yesterday (May 18) as the annual cake sale and raffle was held for Ollie's Heroes.

The charity was founded by Jamie and Claire Gray, from Oulton, after their son Ollie died in 2015 following a five-year battle with acute lymphatic leukaemia.

Its primary function is to help children battling cancer and their families with the costs of living and travelling to hospital.

The annual Ollie's Heroes cake sale was held in memory of Ollie Gray from Oulton, who died in 2015. Picture: Mick HowesThe annual Ollie's Heroes cake sale was held in memory of Ollie Gray from Oulton, who died in 2015. Picture: Mick Howes

As tables full of cakes attracted a huge turnout, Mr Gray said he hope to reach a significant fundraising milestone.

"I have just been blown away by the response," he said. "I was nervous beforehand if people were going to turn up and carry on supporting us but it's going from strength to strength each year - it's the busiest year we've had.

"This is our fourth year and by the end of the event we expect to have raised a total of £15,000 over that time.

The annual Ollie's Heroes cake sale was held in memory of Ollie Gray from Oulton, who died in 2015. Picture: Mick HowesThe annual Ollie's Heroes cake sale was held in memory of Ollie Gray from Oulton, who died in 2015. Picture: Mick Howes

"The people who donate the cakes are absolutely wonderful. Not only do our families bake for us but also distant relatives, friends and others who just turn up with a cake to support the cause."

Ollie's Heroes uses funds to offer support to anyone in the East of England whose child is diagnosed with cancer.

In recent times, the charity has developed a strong partnership with CLIC Sargent workers and community nurses who refer around 10-12 cases to them every month.

The annual Ollie's Heroes cake sale was held in memory of Ollie Gray from Oulton, who died in 2015. Picture: Mick HowesThe annual Ollie's Heroes cake sale was held in memory of Ollie Gray from Oulton, who died in 2015. Picture: Mick Howes

Mr Gray emphasised that the event is about keeping Ollie's memory alive and helping families going through tough times.

"It is incredibly hard when your child is diagnosed with cancer and, a lot of the time, people affected can't work or they can't afford to live in hospital.

"We spent nine months in hospital the second time Ollie was ill, so we know what families are facing and we can offer them grants to help with living and travel costs or treats for their child."

The annual Ollie's Heroes cake sale was held in memory of Ollie Gray from Oulton, who died in 2015. Picture: Mick HowesThe annual Ollie's Heroes cake sale was held in memory of Ollie Gray from Oulton, who died in 2015. Picture: Mick Howes

Ollie's Heroes would like to thank ASDA for their continued support.

- A fundraising ball will be hosted by Ollie's Heroes and Topcats at the Victoria Hotel in Lowestoft on September 7. For tickets, visit the Ollie's Heroes website.

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