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South Pole beckons for businessman in sub zero Molly Olly's Wishes charity challenge

Ian Hughes 17th Dec, 2019

A GRUELLING and chilly challenge awaits an intrepid businessman – but all in a good cause.

Dean Attwell is aiming to raise £20,000 for Hatton-based children’s charity Molly Olly’s Wishes when he undertakes a three-week expedition to the South Pole, with every penny donated to the charity supporting children who have sadly been diagnosed with a terminal or life-threatening illness.

Dean, group chief executive of Redditch based business Oakland International, is self-funding his antarctic challenge which leaves on December 30.

Undertaking a demanding training regime leading up to the expedition, the last few weeks has seen training increase to ensure Dean can deal with the extremes of weather on the planet’s driest coldest and windiest continent. Temperatures can plunge to

−60°C at the highest parts of the interior.

Dean will be covering around 110 miles in some ten days on the ice cap after about four days acclimatisation.

Dean said: “We’ll be skiing up to ten hours a day at an altitude of approximately 3,100m before we finally arrive at the South Pole on January 14.

“Molly Olly’s Wishes has helped over 1,500 children across the country and donated Olly the Brave therapeutic toys and books to over 50 UK hospitals. All expedition costs are covered, so every penny donated goes directly to support the work of Molly Olly’s Wishes which does such amazing work.

“Thank you everyone in advance for donating as it means a great deal to me personally and to the many children the charity supports every day.”

Molly Olly’s Wishes was founded by Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw following the death of their daughter Molly Ollerenshaw who was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour. Sadly, following her five-year battle Molly passed away in 2011.

The charity grants individual wishes to children ranging from providing specialist equipment to help with day to day living, to alternative therapy treatment, and by granting wishes to ensure a child doesn’t become isolated.

They have also developed a therapeutic toy lion, Olly The Brave, and book to help with a child’s emotional well-being at the start of their treatment journey, which are donated to hospitals and individuals across the U.K. In just two months the charity has received 79 wish requests. Wishes can vary from a request for a hoist for a hot tube to ease chronic muscle pain, to a bed, wig or a visit from a child’s superhero.

Molly Olly’s Wishes Co-founder and Trustee Rachel Ollerenshaw said: “Molly Olly’s Wishes are extremely grateful to Dean and all the team at Oakland for their support. This is an incredible challenge that Dean is taking on and we wish him every success. “Everyday children and families that Molly Olly’s help face physical and emotional challenges of a very nature, challenges that they have no choice about. The money raised will help make those dark days brighter. Our work would not be possible without the kindness and generosity of companies and individuals and the wishes and Olly the Brave packs that make a real difference to children’s emotional well- being.”

Visit to donate to Dean’s fund-raising page, and to find out more about Molly Olly’s Wishes.


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