Aidan Jackson

Age: 14,
From: Cheshire

Aidan Jackson, Dame Mary Perkins, Ashley Banjo

Since losing his 15-year-old friend Olivia in 2015, Aidan has raised over £15,000 for her charity – The Olivia Alice Foundation – dedicated to making a difference to children with complex health needs.

 
Olivia’s health started deteriorating at just 2 months old, suffering with epilepsy, scoliosis, poor vision and global development. When Olivia and Aidan met, Olivia was seven-years-old and they became friends immediately. Aidan suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, but had no problems communicating with Olivia. When Olivia passed away due to complications with her disabilities, the family set up the foundation in her name to help other children with complex health problems. Aidan did not hesitate to start fundraising with the money going towards helping provide medical equipment, so children can be cared for at home surrounded by their families, rather than spending months in hospital.

 
In 2016, Aidan set himself a challenge to fill the Select Stadium in Widnes full of teddy bears. He managed to get 10,500 teddy bears, raising £8,000 for the charity and the unerring admiration of the stadium staff.

 
In a short time, Aidan has raised a huge amount of money, and is always thinking of ideas to fundraise and uses social media to promote both the charity and any fundraising he is undertaking.
He is a selfless and inspirational young man, so well respected by all that know him and passionate about keeping the memory of Olivia alive.