Olivia is a cheerful, bright and amazing little 19 month old baby. Olivia has an infectious smile which draws everyone's attention. She thrives on adult attention and the minute someone calls her name she will come over for a cuddle. At nursery Olivia enjoyed exploring her surroundings in Einstein room, playing with building blocks, getting messy and creative and even more so she loves books; turning each page Olivia would babble happily.
The News :
In January 2018 we all returned back to work wishing everyone a healthy and fun filled year when we received the news that Olivia will not be joining us for the foreseeable future, Olivia had been diagnosed with a Brain Tumour! As we informed all our staff of this news staff portrayed emotions of dread, tears and simply shock. If this was our response we couldn't even imagine what Lisa and Matt would be going through. The parents whose life revolves around their amazing daughter had all of a sudden had their world turned upside down. This is every parents worse nightmare. Our thoughts paused and suddenly we all agreed that Olivia,Lisa and Matt are so brave that they will all come out of this challenge smiling! They are fighters! Winners!
Accepting the challenging journey :
Olivia has been diagnosed with a huge slow growing grade 1 Optic nerve/hypothalamic chiasmatic glioma which is in the centre of her brain, near the visual pathways. Her condition is potentially life threatening and certainly life limiting. This dreadful illness has already caused Olivia substantial vision loss.
Olivia has started chemotherapy and has had to have a blood transfusion (a huge thank you to all you blood donors out there). The tumour is inoperable so the aim is to keep the tumour stable, with a hope that the treatments actually cause the tumour to shrink, the best case scenario. At the moment Lisa and Matt are researching the best possible treatments for Olivia some of these they will need to part fund, all this alongisde running a household and providing one to one care for Olivia is a strain. Thus, we need to do our bit.
The staff at Monkey Puzzle Sidcup would like to raise £10,000 to support Olivia's parents with costs of her medical treatment, educational resources and training courses that they will need to attend. We will be fundraising in many different ways, one of the main activities will be the LONDON COLOR RUN on the 8th of July 2018. This is a 5k run and we aim to walk, run, crawl and skip all the way to help raise money for Our Olivia.
The 17 staff participating are: Hannah, Jess, Teigan, Keili, Katie, Megan, Sharon, Phoebe, Sadie,Hayley, Irma, Georgie, Georgia, Chloe P, Chloe S ,Chanda, Davinder and Sajan (Davinder's 11 year old son)
Please donate to our cause and support us in trying to relieve the family of some of the financial stresses of this life changing news. Your generosity is appreiciated.
"A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches the heart; having Olivia in my room was a privilege and I was happy to see her little smiley face in the mornings without a doubt. Olivia is such a lovely little girl, whose smile brightened the room, the way she laughed , the way she babbled. You never know how strong you really are until being strong is the only choice.... so go on Olivia, show the world that you are a brave fighter. We believe in you!" Teigan Nancarrow
- Geoff Mcintyre
- Iuliia Vozniuk
- Margaret Anderson on behalf of Websure
- Thomas Balsdon Gills
Organizer and beneficiary
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