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raised of £7,620.14 target
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Paul Martin

Olive Martin Fund

Raising money in memory of our daughter Olive for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity because we want to help sick children get the best care

144 %
raised of £7,620.14 target
by 165 supporters

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

We help the hospital offer a better future to seriously ill children across the UK

Charity Registration No. 1160024


Our beautiful daughter Olive was born on 7th June 2014 with a very complex heart condition, sadly too complex even for the team at Great Ormond Street Hospital to fix. After two 9-hour open-heart procedures in the space of a week, and another week of being fully supported on ECMO, our brave little girl passed away in our arms on 22nd July 2014, only 6 weeks after she was born.

Why are we doing this? Clare and I are determined that everything we do in Olive's memory will help other sick children and their families. For this reason we have chosen to support Great Ormond Street Hospital – specifically funding break-through heart research projects and contributing to further advance the care of all GOSH patients and families.

We said our final goodbyes to Olive in August 2014. It was a beautiful service and we've been overwhelmed by how much love and support we've received from family and friends far and wide – Clare, Arnold and I are very lucky to have you. 

Since Olive's passing, we have been asked many times 'what can we do to help?',  in response to this we would welcome anything you can give to help us kickstart our fundraising efforts in memory of Olive.

It's easy to donate, simply donate here on this page or text donations to the Olive Martin Fund by texting 'OLIV70 £1' to 70070. Please change the £ amount if you so wish!

How you can help us raise lots of money. Our hope over time is to continue fundraising through a variety of events. If you would like to do something to help in the form of fundraising please contact me or create your own fundraising page:

Why not try one of the following:
– Run a marathon or a challenging trek
– Cycle far or fast
– Hold a charity football or cricket match
– Challenge yourself to something daring – a skydive maybe!  
– Shave your head
– Grow a moustache or beard
– Wear your worst fashion faux pas to work
– Charity ball and auction
– Charity fashion show
– Karaoke night
– Quiz night
– Coffee morning
– Garden party and BBQ
– Cheese and wine night
– Children's fancy dress party
– Pamper night
– 'Come Dine With Me' dinners   
– Cake bake 
– Cake sale or office bake-off competition
– Dress down or fancy dress Friday
– Make your colleagues lunch
– Office sweepstake for sporting events

I'm sure you can think of more but whatever you do, it would mean the world to us.

Give blood. In addition to raising as much money as possible, another special thing you can do is give blood. We gave blood 3 days after Olive died and will continue to do so as often as we're allowed. Blood products are extremely critical when caring for very sick children. Olive had lots and we'll always be grateful to those anonymous donors. Visit the Give Blood website to book your appointment, it's easy and painless (in the grand scheme of things):

Thank you. By remembering Olive in this way we'll be doing all we can to ensure Olive made a difference in the world – and that will make us very proud.

Sleep tight Olive.

All our love,
Paul, Clare & Arnold 
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