Keeping up with Ollie’s fundraising challenge

A young football fan will complete his latest fundraising challenge in front of 50,000 people this weekend.

Ollie Chaplin, from Whitley Bay, has undertaken a number activities to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, including taking part in the Junior Great North Run.

I’m a bit nervous but very excited to be finishing the challenge on the pitch at St James Park

Ollie Chaplin

Now the Valley Gardens Middle School pupil is looking to complete his latest challenge – 10,000 ‘keepy ups’ in a month – on the pitch at St James’ Park on Saturday when Newcastle United host another of Sir Bobby’s former teams, West Bromwich Albion.

The 12-year-old, who plays for his school team and Monkseaton Juniors FC U12s Reds, has been playing keepy up everywhere he goes for the last three weeks, averaging over 350 a day.

In recognition of his fundraising efforts, Distinction Doors has given Ollie the chance to be a mascot at the game while the club agreed he can complete his challenge on the pitch in front of his family, friends – and tens of thousands of United fans.

Ollie said: “It is a tough challenge but I’m willing to work hard to achieve 10,000 keepy ups to help raise money for an amazing charity. I’m a bit nervous but very excited to be finishing the challenge on the pitch at St James’ Park.”

Ollie’s dad, Tom Chaplin, said: “To see him finish it on the pitch at St James’ Park will be fantastic. Family and friends have already been really generous and I hope a few more people will support his fundraising.”

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Tom added: “Ollie wanted to support the charity by doing something he loves. I’m extremely proud of him for showing the determination to support a fantastic local charity completely off his own back.”

David Gomersall, operations director at Distinction Doors, added: “The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation is a fantastic charity and we are delighted to be able support Ollie in his ‘keepy ups’ challenge.

“With Sir Bobby Robson having played over 200 games for West Bromwich Albion, this game is a fitting stage for Ollie to complete his challenge and I am sure both home and away fans will be supporting Ollie on the day.”