Oliver’s Challenge

Mike and Penny Howard with grandson, Oliver.

Mike Howard, Principal of Uki Direct, and his wife Penny could not be more proud of their eldest grandson, Oliver.

“He was inspired by Captain Tom Moore and all that he has achieved recently”, Penny explained “Oliver’s other Nana was a nurse for many years, and Oliver said he wanted to help the NHS by doing his own challenge. Being a keen footballer, he decided to try and beat his own keepy-uppy record. All money raised will go towards supporting NHS staff and volunteers caring for Covid-19 patients.”

So far, Oliver’s personal best is 596 keepy-uppies and he wants to smash this record in one go on Sunday May 3rd. He hopes friends and family will donate a penny a keepy-uppy.

“Life has changed so much for us all over the last 6 weeks. For myself, I have really missed my football training and matches and all of my school friends. I have been creating my own training schedule at home and am staying motivated. Each week my grandad would take me to training and I miss being with him and sharing my progress with him. I rang him this weekend to tell him my latest ‘keepy uppy’ record and he came up with the idea of me setting up this challenge”.

Oliver is busy practicing his football skills for Sunday and is delighted to have already raised £680, over four times his original target amount: “I can’t believe how many people have donated and how generous you have been. I want you to know I am training hard and I am so thankful for your support”, he said.

His enthusiastic grandad added, “Oliver’s mind is set on beating his record and he is very keen. Helping the NHS is important to him and we all want to support him – his big family, all his friends and even the family business, UKi Direct, are all behind him and will be cheering for him (at a socially safe distance!) on 3rd May”.

If you would like to support Oliver with his challenge and to help him raise money for the NHS, visit:


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