Armadillo Self Storage in Liverpool, England, a member of the Big Yellow Group PLC family of storage properties, is helping 13-year-old Aidan Jackson meet his fundraising goal to benefit the Olivia Alice Foundation, which provides medical equipment to children and adults with complex health needs. The facility has donated the free use of a storage unit so Jackson can collect thousands of donated teddy bears, which he aims to distribute during an Aug. 10 event at Select Security Stadium in Widnes, Cheshire, England. His plan is to fill the venue’s 13,350 seats with a bear and collect £1 for each.
For support, Jackson has appealed to local businesses, clubs, community members, schools and sports groups, according to the source. Teddy-bear donations can be made at Your Baby Scan Ltd. at 142 Birchfield Road. Local moving company Sprintmove Ltd. will help deliver the stuffed animals to the stadium on the day of the event.
Jackson has been raising funds for the foundation since September 2014, following the death of his friend, Olivia Walker, who was 15. He has solicited more than £6,200 through various challenges and events, the source reported.
“We are extremely proud of Aidan and his determination to help others in memory of his friend Olivia Walker,” said his mother, Caroline. “Aidan likes to come up with unusual fundraising ideas as he likes a challenge; and also because it makes it more interesting when people read and hear about a challenge, which in turn raises more awareness of the Olivia Alice Foundation.”
Olivia Walker was born with development delays, epilepsy, poor vision and scoliosis. The foundation was launched in her honor to help cover the costs of medical equipment and provide funds for family getaways.
Armadillo Self Storage has 10 locations. Big Yellow operates 84 locations in the United Kingdom under the Big Yellow Self Storage and Armadillo Self Storage brand names, with most concentrated in Greater London. Its total portfolio comprises 5.1 million square feet.