Oliver Delaney’s little pals put their best foot forward to raise money for sick children.
The four-year-old, who is recovering from heart surgery, returned to see his nursery classmates and joined in a sponsored toddle in aid of the Make A Wish Foundation.
“All the children were delighted to see Oliver and hear how well he’s getting on,” said Nicola Bamber, owner and manager of the Footprints Child Care Nursery in Bamber Bridge. “It was a lovely event for all of them.”
Oliver was born with only half a heart and the latest operation at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool was his third to repair the condition.
“He’s doing very well,” said mum Kelly Delaney at home in Brookwood Way, Buckshaw Village. “He seems to be back to his normal self. He’s a real character – but a loveable one.
“He had his first procedure at the age of three days, then a second one at 13 months and now, hopefully, after this third one, that should be it. He shouldn’t need any more surgery.
“It was a really lovely gesture for the nursery to organise the sponsored toddle. Oliver really enjoyed taking part and seeing all his friends again.”
The idea of raising money for the Make A Wish Foundation came while Oliver was in hospital.
Nursery owner Nicola explained: “Oliver had been with us about 18 months and we knew he was going to need surgery on his heart. But when the operation happened it came so quickly and the other children couldn’t really grasp what had happened, or where he had gone.
“We tried to explain to them that some children need help in hospital to make them better, but we also told them some children just can’t get better.
“One of the mums came up with the idea of doing something for this charity which helps chidren who are sick. So we asked them all to make a wish to be what they wanted to be and then they had their faces painted in that character.
“We did the walk around the car park - it isn’t a long walk - and we have raised about £500. They all got a medal for doing it and it was a really good occasion.
“But above all it helped them to understand Oliver is fine now.”