Business students at Stratford College learn about Molly Ollys

Mar 6, 2023 | News

Business students from Stratford-upon-Avon College recently learnt about the work done by Molly Ollys and were given the chance to take part in volunteering opportunities.

The students were visited by Jennie Ludford, Head of PR & Comms at Molly Ollys, who spoke to them about her background, the charity and how the students could get involved.

They first learnt about Jennie’s background. After losing her son to cancer, Jennie wanted to focus on a career where she could help others. Molly Ollys was a charity that supported her during this time so she was delighted to get involved.

Jennie then went on to speak to the students about the charity itself and the work we do. She also told the students about the charities well known therapeutic toy lion, Olly The Brave, which has its own Hickman line and a detachable mane. The soft toy helps to explain and normalise the effects of chemotherapy. These form part of an Olly The Brave pack which includes a six-part book series. All of the charity’s work is to make life better for the children with life threatening illnesses and their families.



She then explained about some potential ways students could get involved with the charity through volunteering experiences. Jennie detailed why she came to speak to the students: “I wanted to inspire them on several levels: how to open doors for themselves, how to have good communication, how to show what they can offer. But also show another route of business. Working for a charity is about growing a business but also about giving back. I hope that I have inspired them to come and undertake work experience opportunities with us.”


Student Neve Hood commented: “It was incredible to learn about how they help people; how they make toys and books to help children and their families cope with illness. And also how small donation can lead to big fund raises which can create change.” Amber Smith added: “It was a really beneficial session!”

Every donation, whatever size, helps a seriously unwell child


Current data suggests that 12 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every day, and that 1,900 children under the age of 14 in the UK are diagnosed each year.

More children are diagnosed with a range of other, often rare, conditions and illnesses that are also life-threatening.

Molly Ollys is committed to helping as many of these children and their families as possible, and works hard to raise the necessary funds to be able to help those who contact us.

You can help us do this by making a donation, joining in with our fundraising events, running your own events, using Give as You Live when you are shopping, and by leaving a legacy in your will. Please visit our How you can help page to find out more.