Young people’s charity, the Ollie Feast Trust (OFT), has been working hard to ensure that coronavirus restrictions do not diminish its work.
Ordinarily, summer would see disadvantaged children from the Cambridge area gather to take part in the four-day Ollie Feast Activity Camp at The Leys School, where they would enjoy such physical activities as kayaking, kickboxing and archery, as well as team-building exercises and problem solving.
With this year’s event cancelled because of Covid-19, the OFT, in conjunction with The Leys, joined forces with the Red Hen Project to deliver sports activity packs to families they support.
Each pack consists of a variety of sports equipment and other resources to help the children and their families enjoy fun sporting challenges at home.
Ollie Feast, a former Leys school pupil, was a prodigiously talented sportsman. In 2012 he was part of the Leys U18 rugby team that won the Daily Mail RBS Schools Rugby finals at Twickenham, and the following year opened the batting and made 92 runs in 40C heat when the school headed overseas to play at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Sri Lanka. The Ollie Feast Trust charity was founded in honour of Ollie, who drowned in Bristol harbour in 2015, aged 20.
“The Ollie Feast Trust are delighted to be working again this year with The Leys School and local community leaders, helping young people develop through sport and leisure,” said Ollie’s father, Steve.
“Covid-19 presents huge challenges to parents and carers as they seek to keep children stimulated and mentally and physically fit over a long break from school, so to provide the sports packs as part of the Red Hen initiative made huge sense to us as a charity.
“We are proud to be working with such great partners and look forward to continue building upon these relationships when we restart the OFT summer school again next year.”