NORTHWICH Victoria are continuing to pull together in support of a young supporter's fight against severe scoliosis.

Olivia Buckley has just returned from Turkey, where she had vital surgery to correct her curvature of the spine.

> Olivia's story featured in the Northwich Guardian earlier this summer – have a read here

In order to help Olivia and her family cover the remaining costs of the surgery, club volunteer Jamie Dewsbury is running the MediaCity 10km race at Salford Quays on September 30 alongside Mike Wain, sports presenter at the Silk FM radio station.

Jamie Dewsbury and Mike Wain

Jamie Dewsbury and Mike Wain

"I was touched by the story of a local young lady suffering from Scoliosis," Mike said.

"Speaking to Olivia and her Mum Angela was heartbreaking and heartwarming simultaneously.

"Speaking to my close friend Jamie Dewsbury, we felt we should be doing a lot more and therefore decided that we could do something we both love for someone who desperately needs our support.

"With this in mind, Jamie and I are going to be running the MediaCity 10K to show our fighting spirit and set Olivia's wings into flight mode.

"We have set a target of £1000 which will go directly to Olivia's fund – every single penny.

"I just hope we can add a smile to one of the bravest young faces I have come across."

Olivia's mum Angela, who is the Vics club photographer, added: "Finding out on the 1st June 2021 that Olivia had severe scoliosis was a real shock to say the least.

"To find out that in the uk the only option for her was for her spine to be fused with restricted flexibility was devastating beyond words.

"Finding out through research that there was an alternative surgery abroad gave us hope along with a huge challenge of raising the hefty price tag for the surgery alone.

"As a mum, this was a mountain that had to be moved.

"I have to admit I didn't know where to start and wondered if anyone would donate.

"It wasn't long before my fears were eased – not only had the whole of the Northwich Victoria football club got behind us which was incredible but also Mike Wain from Silk."