Celebrities wish bullied boy happy birthday after appeal from father goes viral

A nine-year-old boy being bullied has received birthday wishes from celebrities across the globe following an appeal by his father.

Chris Hope-Smith tweeted that his son Ollie was being bullied and was looking for "positive" birthday messages to pass onto him.

His message was re-tweeted more than 8,000 times, with a string of celebrities having since responded with birthday cheer for Ollie.

From actor Russell Crowe to British rapper Stormzy, comedian Jason Manford to Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba, Mr Hope-Smith has been inundated with responses.

On Thursday, Mr Hope-Smith, from Leeds, tweeted: "The bully keeps saying to him 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.

"I would be so grateful and I appreciate it is an odd request. Just would love someone to tell him he does mean something and bullying is not ok, ever."

Among the replies was one from Stormzy, who wrote: "Happy birthday Ollie! You're a lil legend. Don't watch the bullies they always end up being the biggest wastemen later in life."

Presenter Jake Humphrey recorded a video wishing Ollie happy birthday, as did Jason Manford.

Comedian Al Murray also got involved, writing: "Hey Ollie. Chin up mate, and remember, that bully is only picking on you because he knows you're awesome and he isn't."

And astronaut Tim Peake responded: "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!"

Following the influx of messages, Mr Hope-Smith tweeted: "Guys this has gone crazy and I appreciate all the wonderful messages.

"(I) did not expect the reaction it has received. I for one thank each and everyone of you. I will respond as and when I can, I promise.

"Please just be kind to each other #PASSONTHEPOSITIVE and please be nice."