Oliver Howard has more than one reason to celebrate this week!
Not only has he beaten his own personal best record for keepy-uppies, but he’s also raised the staggering amount of £1,238 for the NHS.
On Sunday, 11 year old Oliver, eldest grandson of Uki Direct’s Mike Howard, managed 2,028 keep-uppies in his home town of Astley. Smashing his previous pb of 596 by some considerable margin.
Starting prompt at 1pm, Oliver kept the ball in the air non-stop for over 20 mins of pure footballing concentration, keeping his eye on the ball for every second. His family stood by to witness and film his soccer skills and were ready with huge celebrations and a big hug at the end.
His Nana, Penny Howard, was anxiously waiting at the end of the phone and was delighted to congratulate him shortly after. “When he rang us, he asked me to guess how many keepy-uppies he had done. I said I was very proud of him for organising the challenge and I’d be amazed if he had got anywhere near to his very difficult target of 1,000. When he told me he’d done over 2,000 I just couldn’t believe it. There was not a dry eye in the house!”
After a short rest and an energy replacing banana, Oliver, who plays regularly for his local U11 team, Accrington Stanley, was ready for more footballing action – this time a kickabout in the garden with his excited younger brother and sister, Elliott and Tabitha. Oliver was pleased to have completed his challenge and set himself a new record, “I managed 2,028 keepy-uppies and was so relieved. Thank you to everyone for donating”.
Oliver’s grandfather (Pops), Mike would also like to add his own personal thanks to all who have donated so generously so far. “We are all in this together, let’s support one another where we can”, he added.
The money raised for NHS Charities Together will go towards supporting the health and wellbeing of frontline NHS staff and volunteers. If you would like to donate, click this link: