Eight-year-old Ollie ‘Onion’ Chamberlain and his Dad, Dan, from Knatts Valley near West Kingsdown in Kent, have successfully completed another incredible adventure for ellenor. This time the pair crossed from St Bees on the Cumbrian coast right across England to the coast of North Yorkshire at Whitby, completing a range of challenges along the way.
Along the way, the pair walked across Scalfell Pike (the highest mountain in England), swum across Lake Windermere (the largest lake in England) and conquered Rosedale Chimney by pedal power, the steepest road in England. Ollie carried a piece of Cumbrian quartz he picked up on the beach in Cumbria and dropped it in the sea in Whitby to mark the end of his adventure.
With all the money raised going to ellenor, Ollie and Dan were accompanied on the trip this time around by ‘Little Ellie’ a miniature version of ellenor’s mascot Ellie.
At the top of Rosedale Chimney, Ollie said: “I am so so happy. Ollie Onion, conqueror of hills. When I’m on holiday, I’ll do a Fosbury Flop off the harbour wall to celebrate this day.”
ellenor is the only charity in the county that provides hospice care for people of all ages – babies, children and adults - and their families. This includes pain and symptom relief, end of life care, respite, bereavement support and emotional and spiritual care.
This is Ollie’s fourth incredible challenge for ellenor. When he was just five years old – in 2013 – Ollie cycled 650 miles and climbed Ben Nevis! In 2014, the Dad and son pair rowed 165 miles along The Thames in a 100-year-old Canadian canoe; and, last year, they cycled 800 miles from Edinburgh to London, taking in Belfast, Dublin and Cardiff along the way – and all in just ten days!
“I do these challenges to help people – particularly children - who are poorly,” says Ollie. “I hope the challenges we do will inspire other children and adults to fundraise. The more we can all do, the more we can help.”
They have set a goal of raising £4,000 to help support families facing terminal illness and have raised more than £2,500 so far. If the pair hit their target, the money raised could pay for 45 sessions of chemotherapy in the home for one of ellenor’s young patients. You can sponsor the brave father and son by clicking here: www.justgiving.com/ollieonion