Local girl, Olivia Cork, 19, presented Teenage Cancer Trust with a cheque for £4,900, the culmination of a journey which began when Olivia was told she was no longer eligible for a car on the Motability scheme.Olivia cheque presentation
The Haslington based teenager, who lost her leg to osteosarcoma at the age of 14, has been a tireless fund-raiser for cancer charities, whilst studying for her A levels at Alsager School and holding down a part-time job.
When local family owned motor retail group, Swansway, heard about Olivia’s plight they gave her a brand new, adapted Volkswagen Polo; allowing her to carry on with her fund-raising and to continue the very active life she was used to.
Prior to Swansway stepping in Olivia had set up a crowd-funding page to try and raise the funds needed to buy her old Motability car, she’d offered to give the £4,900 she’d raised to Swansway, to go towards the cost of her Polo; but Swansway told Olivia that they’d rather see that money go to Teenage Cancer Trust.
So, Olivia met with directors, John, Peter and David Smyth and to hand the cheque over to Teenage Cancer Trust representative, Vanessa Simmons. Peter Smyth commented, “Olivia is an exceptional young lady, we were delighted to be able to help her out by giving her the Volkswagen Polo and it seemed right to us that rather than using the money which had been raised towards the cost of the Polo, it should go to Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity close to Olivia’s heart”.
Delighted Olivia commented, “Taking my car away would have meant taking away my lifeline. When Swansway stepped in and offered me a car, I didn’t believe it at first! Now I love my new Polo and it’s amazing to be able to give the money raised towards a car to Teenage Cancer Trust. A big thanks once again to Swansway for all that they’ve done. ”