Pop star Olly is a real life Angel

Pop star Olly Murs is the latest celebrity to back the Jet Set Angels campaign that took flight in Padiham last year.
Pop star Olly Murs is the latest celebrity to back the Jet Set Angels campaign that took flight in Padiham last year.

Pop sensation Olly Murs is the latest star to support the Jet Set Angels that started life in Padiham and is now spreading across the globe.

Olly now joins the galaxy of celebrities supporting the cause which has also been given the royal seal of approval with a letter of appreciation from the Queen herself.

Jet Set Angels were launched by Mrs Carol Carlile, a teacher at St John’s RC Primary School in Padiham, to help raise cash for one of her pupils, brave Tia Taggart who is battling cancer when her class of six-year-olds said they wanted to do something to help.

And while the project has notched up its first year Tia has just celebrated her eighth birthday.

Dozens of messages were sent to her from each of the seven continents where the angels have flown out to along with an extra special video message for Tia from The Vamps star James McVey.

Around £10,000 has been raised and 13,000 of the tiny angels made so far in the heart of the classroom at St John’s by staff, children and volunteers.

They have been pictured in America. Australia, Thailand and even a Norwegian ice station in Antartica. All the money raised will be given to Tia and her family and ward 84 at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital where she is receiving treatment.

Carol said: “The response to the project has been fantastic and it just seems to be getting bigger and better.”

A map of the world in Mrs Carlile’s classroom is dotted with markers pin-pointing where the angels, which sell for £1 each, are so everyone can keep track of their progress.

The angels now have their own facebook page packed with messages, videos photographs and special messages sent from all over the world.

To mark its first birthday top band G4 sang an impromptu rendition of Happy Birthday to the Jet Set Angels after Carol went to see them at Burnley Mechanics Theatre with some of her colleagues.

The angels have also been despatched to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, former Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson and boxer Tony Bellew.