WIDNES, Eng. – A teenage boy who lost his friend to a series of medical complications is remembering her in a beautiful way, and raising money for her foundation at the same time.
Aidan Jackson, 14, met Olivia Alice Walker at a swimming club near his Widnes, England home. Olivia suffered a series of complications from her disabilities, and sadly passed away two years ago when she was just 15-years-old, the Liverpool Echo reports.
To remember her, and to raise money for the Olivia Alice Foundation, Aidan asked people all over the world to donate teddy bears, along with $1 for the foundation. He collected 10,500 teddy bears, and filled the seats of his town’s rugby stadium with the bears.
Aidan said he received bears from countries as far away as China.
“I think she’d be very happy we’re doing something to help other people like her,” Aidan told the BBC.
He said his favorite bear was a giant white one wearing a trench coat.
According to the Liverpool Echo, he and his family raised more than $3,300 for the Olivia Alice Foundation. Aidan also raised about $8,400 on his own by swimming the equivalent length of the English Channel over the course of 3 months.