Fundraising Continues for Four-Year-Old Olivia


Fundraising Continues for Four-Year-Old Olivia

The support for the Olivia Phillips fundraising cause has so far been outstanding, a true reflection on how a community and industry can pull together during times of need.

Four-year-old Olivia has been diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a rare cancer of the liver that has spread to her lungs. Close friends of the family wanted to help send Olivia, her parents and siblings on a holiday of a lifetime to Disney as well as provide financial support at what must be a very difficult time. So far funding received have exceeded £7,000!

We spoke with Kate Hodgenia, a very close friend to Louise, Olivia’s mother “Louise and I have been friends since we were seven-years-old, she is more like my sister than friend” said Kate “I can’t do anything to make any of this better for her so raising the money makes me feel in some way useful. Louise and Jon have always wanted to take the children to Disney, so the money raised will be a dream come true for them. Not only that but Olivia needs a home to return to when she’s better, Jon can’t work at the moment as he’s moved into the hospital. The money is making life a tiny bit easier for them as it means being able to pay bills without the worry of any financial difficulty”.

Another close friend of the family, Sarah Hallmark added “We are overwhelmed by everyone’s support and such generous donations. When we heard about Olivia’s diagnosis we felt hopeless and wanted to do something to help. To be able to support the family and send them on a dream holiday seemed the right thing to do. We have an amazing committee of volunteers who have worked their socks off and we are so excited for the auction on 6th December”.

The activities involved in fundraising are below;

Hack 4 Hope
Saturday 5th December, 2015
Start point The Wirral Country Park, 11am

The ‘Hack 4 Hope’ is a Christmas themed ride aimed to help raise funds towards the Disneyland ‘trip of a lifetime’ for Olivia and her family.

The day will commence in the car park at the Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston where riders, horses and walker will gather to hack all the way to Park Field in Parkgate where refreshments will be available. On the return route to the Wirral Country Park, the hack intends to proceed along the beach.

Riders are being encouraged to come along in a fancy dress, Christmas theme for the ride, although this is not compulsory.


Sponsorship forms can be collected from The Wirral Riding Centre or can be requested via email,

For full details please visit the Facebook event page HACK 4 HOPE

Fundraising Auction in aid of Olivia

Sunday 6th December, 2015
MacDonald Craxton Wood Hotel, Ledsham. Start time 6.00pm

To finish off an action packed weekend of fundraising, the weekend will conclude at the MacDonald Craxton Wood Hotel, Ledsham for the official auction and raffle. Food will also be available on the evening.

So far, prizes in the auction and raffle include a one-to-one lesson with CCI**** event rider, Oliver Townend, a signed original painting of Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, x4 tickets to the Hickstead Derby 2016 and a gift hamper from Cheshire based, Colberry Saddlery to name only a few! Other top riders including Michael Whittaker and Geoff Billington are on board too! Billington has offered a lesson while Whitaker has donated a ‘day at his yard’….Wowzer!

To buy tickets to the event please visit Hallwood Feed Store or The Wirral Riding Centre. The cost per ticket is £5 per adult with under 16’s free.

For full event information including the endless list of gifted auction/raffle items please visit the Facebook FUNDRAISING AUCTION IN AID OF OLIVIA

Donate online

To donate online please visit JUST GIVING, OLIVIA PHILLIPS

For more information on any of the events above, giving or fundraising please email or contact Sarah via her mobile, 07563410960

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