Young Ollie sets an example for us all with his Santa Dash sign up

Nine year old Ollie Boggis is doing the Santa Dash for the Hospice of St Francis.
Nine year old Ollie Boggis is doing the Santa Dash for the Hospice of St Francis.

A young schoolboy has been praised by his headteacher as a shining example to the community for signing up to this weekend’s Santa Dash.

Ollie Boggis, aged nine, says on his online sponsorship page that he wants to help the Hospice of St Francis to look after people that are unwell.

It’s not the first time the Nash Mills Primary School pupil has shown his caring side. “He helped organise a cake sale with another friend for Children in Need last year,” said headteacher Rosie Washford Mower. “He got his football team to run round the sports field for Comic Relief.

“Doing the Santa Dash is typical of Ollie’s sensitive and thoughtful nature. We’re really proud of him.

“For a child of his age to take the initiative is very much to be commended.”

Ollie’s mum and dad, Jacqui and Ian, of Fairway, Bennetts End, say Ollie has been pleading with them to do the dash since last year’s event when he saw pictures of the annual event in the Gazette.

“His three favourite things are helping others, dressing up and running so the Santa Dash is his idea of heaven,” said Ian.

It’s not too late to sign up for Sunday’s 2.5 mile festive dash in Hemel Hempstead’s town centre from 10am.

Registration costs £15 for adults, £5 for children or £35 for the whole family. To register click here or sign up on the day by arriving at the hospice stand opposite Riverside’s H&M store by 9.30am.

To sponsor Ollie click here

>Picture by Eddie Dillon.