Charity cake sale raises large sum for ‘well loved little boy’ in Lowestoft

A special charity cake day was held in memory of youngster Ollie Gray. Megan Grainge, Archie Gray

A special charity cake day was held in memory of youngster Ollie Gray. Megan Grainge, Archie Gray and Lexi Gray enjoying some of the cakes. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Hundreds of visitors came to enjoy tasty cakes and raise money for charity, in the memory of a popular little boy.

A special charity cake day was held in memory of youngster Ollie Gray. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A special charity cake day was held in memory of youngster Ollie Gray. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

More than 200 people attended the cake sale, at Carlton Colville Community Centre, to raise funds for the newly formed Ollie's Heroes charity; which aims to help people with the costs of living and travelling to hospital.

The charity was established by Jamie and Clare Gray, from Oulton, after their 10-year-old son Ollie passed away last September following a long battle against acute lymphatic leukaemia.

Ollie's mum Clare Gray, 37, said: 'It is amazing to see so many people here; I would like to thank everyone for coming and helping. I feel great pride to see so many people here doing their bit.'

A vast array of cakes of all shapes, sizes and with various toppings were baked by friends and family as well as being provided by local businesses such as Churchill Catering.

A special charity cake day was held in memory of youngster Ollie Gray. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A special charity cake day was held in memory of youngster Ollie Gray. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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The event, held on May 21, also saw a face painting stall, a 'Super Raffle'- with top prizes including a weekend away at Potters Leisure Resort for two and a children's stall, which received donations from Morrisons supermarket.

Family friend and organiser of the fundraising cake sale, Linda Grainge explained: 'We needed to kick start the charity and this was the ideal way of doing so and I don't think it could have gone any better.

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'We have had amazing support from people and hopefully we will raise a great sum for the charity.

'It is quite emotional to see so many people here remembering Ollie, he would have loved it. It shows how popular he was and that he was a well loved little boy.'

The fund-raising did not stop there, as the first 200 attendees received a £5 voucher for local restaurant, Black Rock Grill, and for every voucher used, Ollie's Heroes will receive £5 in return.

Following the event a grand total of £3354.80 was raised.

To find out more about Ollie's Heroes visit: www.facebook.com/Olliesheroes.

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