Cleveleys youngster hits the road for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund after breaking longest bone in body

A schoolboy from Cleveleys dedicated a month to raising money for Blackpool Victoria Hospital's charity by cycling the equivalent of 10,000 steps every day - despite having broken his femur a few months earlier.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 12:30 pm

Oliver Jensen, 10, of Denby Avenue in Cleveleys raised £100 during March for the Vic's in-house charity Blue Skies Hospitals Fund by putting his own spin on the charity's "walk for wards" campaign.

The campaign asks residents of the Fylde coast to pledge a 30-day effort of 10,000 steps a day to raise funds for the hospital.

But after breaking his femur bone in December last year, Oliver - a pupil at St Teresa's Catholic Primary School in Cleveleys - decided to cycle in a bid to raise money instead.

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Oliver Jensen, 10, has brittle bones and broke his femur in December last year - but that hasn't stopped him raising money for The Vic's in-house charity Blue Skies. Photo: Naomi Jensen

And it was not the youngster's first rodeo for the NHS - he had already raised £470 during May last year for NHS Charities Together by walking the equivalent of 80km round the block by his home.

Oliver's mum Naomi, a carer, said: "Oliver has brittle bones, and just before Christmas he broke his femur when he tripped up while he was playing in the garden.

"He had an operation at Manchester Royal Children's Hospital and a rod was put into his leg, but after raising money last year he wanted to do it again for the NHS locally.

"I found out about Blue Skies' Walk for Wards campaign and asked if he wanted to do it, but cycle the distance instead of walking.

"Being on his bike is like physio for him now too, so it's also helped him while raising the money.

"We’re really proud of him, especially with what he’s had to overcome. It’s something nice for the community and to thank everyone in the NHS for the work they’ve been doing, especially throughout Covid."

If you would like to support Oliver's fundraising for Blue Skies, you can donate here.