A brave Chorley toddler has inspired a group of police officers to get on their bikes for a gruelling 126-mile charity ride today.
Little Oliver Moys, who will be three in November, suffers from chILD (Children’s Interstitial Lung Disease) - a group of extremely rare lung conditions which stops oxygen being passed from lungs to blood.
Oliver was born with severe breathing difficulties at Royal Preston Hospital seven weeks early, weighing 5lb 8oz. He began his fight for survival straight away.
The plucky youngster was in and out of hospital and there were times when his devastated parents were warned by doctors he wouldn’t pull through. Members of Lancashire Constabulary have organised the one-day pedal - touring divisional headquarters, Hutton, Blackburn, Burnley, Lancaster, Blackpool and Preston. Oliver’s dad, Preston police constable Mike Moys, together with fellow officers from Preston and Chorley, will be raising funds for the chILD Foundation.
Mike, 31, who lives with his wife Lynsey, 30, their daughter Ava, six and Oliver, in Buckshaw Village, said he was “humbled” when colleagues and friends told him they wanted to ride for chILD.
“We have already raised £455 through Just Giving and hope to raise a little more. The Ainscough group has generously donated shirts for our group of riders,” he said.
The Post published an article in December 2012, about Oliver’s first Christmas home from Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital.
Mike said: “Oliver has come a long way since then and now only needs his oxygen at night or when he is asleep. My wife and I are so proud of him.”