The nation’s favourite cheeky heartthrob, Olly Murs, scaled over 50m into the clouds above The O2 Arena on Friday 17 May, in aid of the children’s charity Brainwave.

Olly has been a Patron for the charity for over eight years and was joined in this brave challenge by the charity’s ambassador, Natalie Preston, to mark her 30th birthday.

Olly, who performed at The O2 Arena that night as part of his 2019 All The Hits Tour, exclaimed: “What an incredible experience! It was made even better knowing I was doing this for such an amazing cause alongside Natalie who is such an inspiration.

“I first met Natalie when I became a Patron for Brainwave. She’s been on such an incredible journey and I hope we can raise as much money as possible to give back to the charity that has helped her so much.

“Ever since we first spoke about doing this for Brainwave with Natalie, it was something I couldn’t wait to be a part of. I know all about the adrenaline rush of being on stage at The O2, but I can now say that being on top of the venue itself is something else!”

Natalie, from Southport, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at just nine months old. Her parents were told it was unlikely she would still be alive at 30. They were also told she would never walk, talk, sit up or be able to be educated.

But thanks to the support of Brainwave and their qualified speech, occupational and physiotherapists, Natalie has defied all the odds. She is educated to master’s degree level and now works for the BBC at Media City.

Natalie said: “Brainwave has been part of my life and helped our family so, so much that I really wanted to tackle this challenge to show them just how grateful I am.

 “I was so pleased when Olly said yes to helping me do this. It was a truly amazing experience and I’m now more determined than ever to raise my sponsorship target of £30,000 for Brainwave.”

Brainwave is a UK national children’s charity that helps children with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence.

The charity does not receive any government funding and relies on voluntary donations to run its three permanent centres in Somerset, Essex and Warrington.

Phil Edge, Brainwave CEO, said: “I can remember Natalie when she first came to Brainwave as a two-year-old tot as I was one of her therapists at the time. I am so happy that our charity has played a big part in helping her become the incredible and inspirational woman she is today.

“It’s no mean feat scaling The O2! Not only has Natalie had to contend with the fear factor but also the physical challenge as a person living with cerebral palsy.

“I am in absolute awe of her and Olly and can’t thank them enough for the support they have given and continue to give to our charity”

Natalie is over halfway to achieving her sponsorship target of £30,000 having already raised over £15,000 through online and offline donations. She hopes the money raised will help more children with disabilities reach their potential.

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