Remarkable Olly marks the start of his teenage years with a run!

Olly McKenna is a true inspiration….

Following an operation to remove a tumour from his brain, he has raised a staggering £81,000 for Newcastle Hospitals and been the catalyst for hundreds of runners to help other children with cancer.

This Saturday (7 September) - which also happens to be his 13th birthday - Olly will tackle the Junior Great North Run alongside friends James Campbell, Henry Hughes, Josh Porter and Alex Perry.


Their quest is to raise funds for ‘Team Olly’ – an idea Olly had at the age of 11, while undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, to help other young patients going through a similar experience.

Since then, his huge fundraising endeavours have benefitted the Great North Children’s Hospital Foundation and Charlie Bear for Cancer Care fund – and it doesn’t look like he has any plans on stopping!


After finishing his treatment in April 2018, Olly decided to do his first Junior Great North Run while still in recovery, leaving parents Jill and Jason unsure whether he would complete it.


But defying all odds, he did, and even managed to sprint over the Millennium Bridge!


Now a lot stronger, he is back playing football for his local team and is determined to run the entire way this Saturday.


Proud mum, Jill, said: “Olly is set on doing the run again this year even though it falls on the day of his birthday; he’s so excited for it!  There will also be ten Team Olly supporters running the Great North Run on Sunday and Olly will be cheering them all on.”


Because of his outstanding fundraising efforts, Olly has been nominated for a Pride of Britain Award as well as winning Young Fundraiser of the Year in 2018 and Child of Courage in the Chronicle Champions Awards 2018. To find out more about Olly’s fundraising mission and to donate visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/p-moore5


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