Anonymous gift for poorly Peterlee baby handed into Hartlepool Mail office

Rick Osborn and son Oliver Osborn who suffers from severe epilepsy.
Rick Osborn and son Oliver Osborn who suffers from severe epilepsy.

AN anonymous donor has stumped up cash to help a poorly baby who needs treatment to slow down the rate of his epilepsy.

A white envelope containing a letter and £100 in cash was handed in to the Hartlepool Mail office to help one-year-old Oliver Osborn.

The Peterlee baby suffers from aggressive epilepsy, with up to 100 seizures a day and his parents Danielle Coils, who works for Hays Travel, 28, and Rik Osborn, 29, say he is “just like a newborn” as he is always so sedated from the medication he has to take.

A fundraising drive is underway to help buy specialist equipment like activity chairs for Oliver and his parents are seeking medication to help treat his condition.

The envelope, containing five crisp £20 envelopes, was accompanied by a hand-written note, which said: “Would you be kind enough to pass this £100 donation on to the collection for baby Oliver Osborn.

“Thank you.”

Rik, who lives in Wadham Close, in Peterlee, who is Oliver’s full-time carer, said: “We are over the moon with that.

“It’s very nice.

“You don’t really hear about people just making anonymous donations.

“It’s fantastic, it’s quite touching.
“It’s a shame we don’t have a name of who sent it to say thank you.”

Oliver, who has a three-year-old brother called Charlie, has been to London’s Great Ormand Street Hospital numerous times in the past few months undergoing tests.

The community has been rallying round Oliver and his family as they strive to raise funds.

Last week a sportsman’s dinner was held at Peterlee Catholic Club, in Grampian Drive, featuring former England and Southampton footballer Matt le Tissier as the star speaker.

That event raised around £3,000 for Oliver’s appeal, as reported.

Former Blackhall chimney sweep Bob Waite also boosted funds by about £1,500 when he made his way from Land’s End, in Cornwall, to Berwick, in Northumberland, over the space of six days using nothing but his bus pass.

Anyone wanting to donate to the appeal can visit