Kids can be mean, that’s just the way the world is. No matter how nice or good-hearted or friendly a kid is, there’s always going to be a bully around the corner to try and break him. That’s what Twitter user Christopher realised his own kid was going through. He’s not one to just stand around and watch his own kid lose his own self worth because of someone else though, which is why he started what can only be described as a bit of a movement that snowballed into something magical for his kid.
Read his opening tweets below, where he explains that a certain bully has been telling his son Ollie that Ollie’s birthday won’t be as nice as his own. He then proceeds to ask the big-hearted of the Twitterati to pass on a happy and positive 9th birthday wish .
Strange request. Anyone know anyone famous/well known who could send Ollie a positive/9th birthday message. The bully keeps saying to him— Christopher (@Hopenlesmyth) June 29, 2017
that everything O has, he has bigger/better/more often. O excited for his birthday but keeps being told it won’t be as good as his own— Christopher (@Hopenlesmyth) June 29, 2017
I would be so grateful and I appreciate it is an odd request. Just would love someone to tell him he does mean something & bullying is not— Christopher (@Hopenlesmyth) June 29, 2017
Guys this has gone crazy and I appreciate all the wonderful messages. No names have been mentioned other than me & my children. I just want— Christopher (@Hopenlesmyth) June 29, 2017
to keep it like that, some people will know the bullies and I hope they keep names out of this. I started this with no malice & certainly— Christopher (@Hopenlesmyth) June 29, 2017
did not expect the reaction it has recieved. I for one thank each & everyone of you. I will respond as and when I can, I promise. Please— Christopher (@Hopenlesmyth) June 29, 2017
just be kind to each other #PASSONTHEPOSITIVE and please be nice.— Christopher (@Hopenlesmyth) June 29, 2017
The response he got was, in 2 words, absolutely mental. Everyone ranging from Russell Crowe to the English Football team wished him a birthday filled with love and happiness. Just look below!
Olympian Tom Bosworth kicked things off.
Hi Chris, saw ur message. Im not really famous but saw you’re Leeds based so please send Ollie a big happy birthday from a Leeds Olympian!— Tom Bosworth (@TomBosworth) June 29, 2017
And it just kept on coming.
Actor Adil Ray obliged.
Happy Birthday! X— Adil Ray OBE (@adilray) June 29, 2017
And freakin’ Russell Crowe wished him!
Hey Ollie, heard it was your birthday. 9 years old eh? Congratulations, Happy Birthday !!— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) June 29, 2017
Former cricketer Graeme Swann got in on the action.
Hey Ollie, you are ace and will always win at life because your own superhero is an amazing Dad. Happy birthday, save me some cake!— Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) June 29, 2017
And even the national English Football Team wished him with a special offer!
Happy birthday, Ollie! 🎂Fancy coming to see us in September? Let us know and we’ll make it happen. 👍— England (@England) June 29, 2017
Monica Lewinsky wished the little tot.
happy birthday, ollie! 🎂we’re rooting for you to have a gr8 day… + rooting for you always. hang in there! pic.twitter.com/EhG2HqGb2K— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) June 29, 2017
And rapper Stormzy gave him a blessing too!
Happy birthday Ollie! You’re a lil legend. ❤️⭐️🎉Don’t watch the bullies they always end up being the biggest wastemen later in life— #GSAP (@Stormzy1) June 29, 2017
Arsenal FC got in the game.
Hopefully we can help #passonthepositive, Christopher 👏Have a brilliant 9th birthday Ollie, from all of us here at Arsenal 🎈 pic.twitter.com/vucpAdtqx6— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) June 29, 2017
So did Manchester City.
Even Manchester United!
Have a fantastic birthday Ollie! 🎂From everybody here at Manchester United. #MUFC ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/dttRyTq3IW— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 30, 2017
Astronaut Chris Hadfield wished him via video!
Happy 9th birthday, Ollie! pic.twitter.com/vjDGha6XtM— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) June 30, 2017
Ollie’s mom also got on Twitter to thank everyone who wished him a happy birthday, and to express her gratitude for making her son feel better.
Hi, I’m Ollie’s mum (married to Chris). I don’t ‘tweet’ and always go on at him for spending too much time on Twitter!! However, this time I— Christopher (@Hopenlesmyth) June 29, 2017
am completely overwhelmed by everyones kind thoughts. You do not know what this means to me and will to Ollie when we show him. I have been— Christopher (@Hopenlesmyth) June 29, 2017
battling with this matter for over a year and am only just now being listened to. It is heartbreaking listening to an 8 year old think that— Christopher (@Hopenlesmyth) June 29, 2017
he is worthless and ‘shouldn’t be here’. I know that we are definately not the only ones in the world to be going through this but I just— Christopher (@Hopenlesmyth) June 29, 2017
want to say, from the bottom of my heart ‘Thank You’ so much. You really don’t know what this means, Natalie xx— Christopher (@Hopenlesmyth) June 29, 2017
And that’s how you do it! Happy birthday Ollie!