From Russell Crowe to Arsenal, Twitter celebrities unite to wish bullied 9-year-old Ollie ahead of his birthday

Sometimes you ask Twitter for a favour and everyone from football clubs and Olympic athletes to astronauts and Hollywood celebrities heed your call.

That's right!

While the social media platform has often been slammed for abusive comments and trolls, there are occasions when it shows that its users there still have a heart. Thursday was such a day.

It all started with a concerned father from Leeds, Chris Hope-Smith, launching an appeal on Twitter asking people to send positive messages to his bullied son, Ollie.

Soon, a flurry of celebrities and football teams responded to the appeal sending birthday greetings to the boy who turns nine on 5 July. The original tweet has already been retweeted more than 17,000 times with thousands sending in messages of support.

Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United all joined in wishing the young boy.

The England national football team's went a step ahead, offering free tickets to a game in September.

Former England off-spinner Graeme Swann too joined in.

Hollywood star Russell Crowe sent his wishes. After all, as General Maximus in the blockbuster Gladiator, "what we do in life... echoes in eternity."

British Olympic racewalker Tom Bosworth, who is also based in Leeds, even offered Ollie some Great Britain Olympic gear.

British 2012 Olympic champion Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill spoke out against the bullies.

Another message which must have sent Ollie over the moon was from astronaut Tim Peake.

The Simpsons artist Eric Keyes sent him a message in the only way he knew how.

Other famous names who sent their wishes to the schoolboy included American activist Monica Lewinsky and former Labour party leader Ed Miliband.


Later, Ollie's mother thanked everyone on Twitter seemingly “overwhelmed by everyone’s kind thoughts”.

Updated Date: Jul 01, 2017 18:25 PM

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