Remarkable Olly announced as BBC Radio 1 Teen Hero Finalist

Teenager Olly McKenna has been named a ‘teen hero’ in recognition of his outstanding fundraising efforts.


The 13-year-old, who is already a star in the eyes of staff at The Great North Children’s Hospital, is a finalist in ‘BBC Radio One’s Teen Hero Awards 2019’

At age eleven, while undergoing surgery and treatment for a malignant brain tumour called a medulloblastoma, Olly found that the pre-teen ward lacked some of the facilities that the teenage ward had.

He worked with hospital staff to learn how he could raise money for the ward, and now runs the ‘Team Olly’ fund under the Newcastle Hospitals charity, to help pre-teen cancer patients.

So far the fund has amassed over £88,000, with Olly running a variety of fundraising events and rallying for donations and his work has already earned him the accolade ‘Champion Child of Courage’ in the 2018 Chronicle Champions Awards.

Earlier this month, Olly was invited to Kensington Palace to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the other Teen Hero finalists, as part of BBC Radio One’s Teen Awards 2019.

“It was amazing to be given the chance to visit the palace and meet Will and Kate. I’m so grateful to be voted as a finalist!” says Olly.

The three winners will be presented with their award at Radio 1’s Teen Awards on Sunday 24 November. To find out more about Olly’s fundraising mission or to donate please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/p-moore5

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