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Family of late Olympian is giving back

Ruby Turnbull
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Late Olympian Olivia Podmore  Late Olympian Olivia Podmore

In lieu of flowers, Olivia Podmore's family has asked for donations to Cholmondeley Children’s Centre on Christchurch’s Port Hills.

24 year old elite cyclist Olivia Podmore died suddenly last Monday, with her funeral held in Christchurch on Friday.

Olivia had been an ambassador for  Cholmondeley for three years, donating her time to promoting the charity and the tamariki who use the service.

Cholmondeley offers short term respite care for whānau with children aged 3-12 years. In times of stress or crisis, Cholmondeley provide a place of sanctuary for young tamariki.

Cholmondeley's General Manager, Robyn Wallace, said the gesture was unexpected, particularly given the sad time the family is going through. 

“We were absolutely blindsided but very very humbled given the situation the family were trying to deal with at that time".

“For the Podmore family to have acknowledged our work through Olivia's passing meant we were incredibly grateful". 

Wallace said Cholmondeley's board plan to discuss how any funds will be used. She would like the funds to be used in a way that acknowledges and commemorates Olivia's time and work with Cholmondeley and the children.

"On behalf of Cholmondeley, our heart goes out to the family and we have always been extremely grateful to Olivia for providing her time to Cholmondeley and to the children". 

Wallace said that Olivia was a wonderful person, with the light shining out of her. 

"The children were always having fun with her". 


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