Anyone who was bullied as a kid will know how lonely it can feel. So in an attempt to show his son that the world is a kind place, Chris Hope-Smith, from Leeds in the United Kingdom recently took to Twitter to ask his handful of followers if anyone knew a celebrity who might be able to send his son a birthday message.
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
And things got out of hand quickly. Within a day, this tweet has acquired more than 14,000 retweets and 34,000 likes.
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
And the messages of support started rolling in, including from the England football club.
Happy birthday, Ollie! 🎂— England (@England) June 29, 2017
Fancy coming to see us in September? Let us know and we'll make it happen. 👍
As well as Olympian Tom Bosworth, who offered to meet up with Ollie and bring a birthday present.
DM me your private details and maybe on his birthday I can meet you guys and give Ollie some Olympic team GB kit?— Tom Bosworth (@TomBosworth) June 29, 2017
Astronaut Tim Peake sent his well wishes...
Hope your 9th birthday is out of this world Ollie. Just remember - a bully is a person too scared to do the right thing. Aim high dude! 🚀— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) June 29, 2017
As well as Simpsons animator Eric Keyes.
And a myriad number of other celebrities.
Hey Ollie, heard it was your birthday. 9 years old eh? Congratulations, Happy Birthday !!— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) June 29, 2017
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
Happy Birthday Ollie! Another year bigger, bolder, braver... And a better man than any of those bullies ever will be! Have an amazing day 👍— Ore Oduba (@OreOduba) June 29, 2017
Ollie's mother, Natalie, took to Twitter to express her shock at the response her husband's tweet had received.
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
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
What an awesome birthday gift.