Brother and sister join forces to beat the bullies

Jessica and Stephen Oliver, of Lulworth Avenue in Marton, are both ambassadors for the charity Bullies Out.'Jessica (12) and 9 year-old Stephen with certificates relating to their work for the charity.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'19-11-2015
Jessica and Stephen Oliver, of Lulworth Avenue in Marton, are both ambassadors for the charity Bullies Out.'Jessica (12) and 9 year-old Stephen with certificates relating to their work for the charity. PIC BY ROB LOCK'19-11-2015
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Not only has Jessica Oliver raised money and been an ambassador for an anti-bullying charity for three years, she has now inspired her little brother to follow in her footsteps.

The 12-year-old, from Marton, signed up as a young ambassador for Bullies Out in 2012, and has been doing work for the charity ever since.

And this year, younger brother Stephen, who is nine, also decided he wanted to play a part and signed up as well.

Jessica first got involved with Bullies Out after she was crowned Miss Natural Sparkle ambassador at its 2012 pageant.

She became even more determined to speak out against bullying, after she witnessed a young girl being picked on as she made her way home from school.

Proud mum Jenny said: “Jessica has done lots of work over the last few years for Bullies Out, she received her youth achievement award, her bronze and silver, now she is working towards the gold.

“She’s also currently raising money for The Christie Hospital, as she is through to the final of Junior Miss Galaxy.

“Jessica’s friends with another girl, Tia Woodall, who also is really involved in fundraising, doing pageants and helping the local community.

“Jess has done all sort of fundraising events, cake sales, coffee mornings, selling lanyards and badges, and she does a lot of promotion work.

“Lately, she has been really involved with social media and online work, especially around tackling cyber bullying.

“And Stephen had been to some of the meetings, when I took her along, and asked if he could get involved – he said he wanted to help too.

“So now he’s following in Jessica’s footsteps, and he got his achievement award.

“I’m really proud of them both.

“Jessica really cares about people, about things she hears in the news and it’s nice Stephen has been inspired by her. They just want to help.

“And it’s great experience for them, it helps them learn about communication, teamwork, being organised, coming up with ideas and so on.”

Jessica, who is a pupil at St George’s High School, said: “I’m really passionate about the Bullies Out charity and helping people.

“I have been doing a lot of work on the internet, because of cyber bullying.

“I’m asking my school if we can do a non-uniform to raise some money for the charity.

“It’s nice now Stephen is involved too, he has been helping me. I help him with it too and we share ideas and help each other out.”