Childhood cancer champions
588. Jennifer Gill
589. Andy Gill
Jennifer and Andy Gill founded 'LoveOliver' in memory of the son they lost when he was just 24 weeks old.
The charity funds research into childhood cancers and supports families with poorly children. Despite having no previous experience of fundraising, the couple have baked, fun-run and skydived their way to raise over £360,000 which is funding vital research at Newcastle University and provides every child being treated for cancer in Edinburgh and Glasgow with a £50 Sainsbury’s voucher to cover food costs.
In a personal letter to Jennifer and Andy, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“LoveOliver, the charity you set up in memory of the son you tragically lost, is funding important research into childhood cancers at Newcastle University and doing so much to support families with poorly children.”
Jennifer and Andy said:
“We are delighted to receive this award and it means so much to us to see LoveOliver being recognised in this way. Our beautiful boy’s inspirational life and legacy give us daily motivation to do all we can to help fund much needed research into childhood cancer and to provide invaluable practical support to families affected by it. We are very grateful to everyone who makes the work of LoveOliver possible and are really proud of what the charity has become. We are honoured for LoveOliver to be seen as a Point of Light in the darkness of childhood cancer.”
Jennifer and Andy’s local MP, Peter Grant, said:
“Jennifer and Andy’s tireless commitment and passion for helping other families affected by childhood cancer is an inspiration, and it’s great to see their hard work being recognised by the Prime Minister with this award. Over the few years since Oliver passed away LoveOliver has gone from strength to strength and helped families up and down the country, and I’m proud to have Oliver’s parents as my constituents.”