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Stormzy was one of the celebrities to respond to the appeal

A host of celebrities, including British grime and hip hop artist Stormzy, have sent birthday greetings to a young boy who is being bullied.

Chris Hope-Smith, from Leeds, posted on Twitter asking if people could send positive messages to his son, Ollie.

He wrote: “The bully keeps saying to him that everything O has, he has bigger/better/more often.

“I would love someone to tell him he does mean something and bullying is not ok, ever.”

Ollie will celebrate his ninth birthday on 5 July.

Responding to the appeal, Stormzy 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.”

Others included TV presenter Jake Humphrey, who recorded a video where he told Ollie to “ignore the haters”, adding “we’ve all been there”.

Broadcaster Sara Cox also posted a video message to Ollie.

Other famous names who sent well-wishes to the schoolboy included:

  • Australian film star Russell Crowe
  • Strictly Come Dancing champ Ore Oduba
  • Comedian Jason Manford
  • Astronaut Tim Peake
  • US actor Wil Wheaton
  • BBC Newsround presenter Ricky Boleto
  • Actress and comedian Dawn French
  • The England football team
  • Simpsons character designer Eric Keyes

Many offered to send Ollie gifts or free tickets for events.

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Sarah Cox posted a video message to Ollie

As well as celebrities, the appeal also attracted a lot of interest from the general public, who all offered messages of support.

Responding to the posts, Mr Hope-Smith said: “I am completely overwhelmed by everyone’s kind thoughts.

“You do not know what this means to me and will to Ollie when we show him.”