The internet may be full of angry people and trolls, but sometimes it's just plain nice.
When Christopher Hope-Smith asked Twitter for help for his son's birthday.
Christopher's son Ollie was turning 9 soon, but there was a bully who kept telling Ollie that his birthday wouldn't be "as good as his own".
Christopher had other ideas, though.
He wanted to make sure Ollie's birthday was his best so far.
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
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
to keep it like that, some people will know the bullies and I hope they keep names out of this. I started this with no malice & certainly— Christopher (@Hopenlesmyth) June 29, 2017
just be kind to each other #PASSONTHEPOSITIVE and please be nice.— Christopher (@Hopenlesmyth) June 29, 2017
The response has been absolutely overwhelming.
In the hours since, Christopher's tweets have been shared well over 11,000 times.
TV presenters, DJs, and celebrities have all responded to wish Ollie a happy birthday and some have even offered him special gifts.
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 - what a great Dad to send this simple message to the world & remind us to be kind to each other! #passonthepositive 😍— Regina Looby (@reglooby) June 29, 2017
Happy birthday, Ollie! 🎂— England (@England) June 29, 2017
Fancy coming to see us in September? Let us know and we'll make it happen. 👍
Hi Natalie &Christopher! And hello, Ollie! Ollie, please know bullying is never about the person who is bullied. This is not your fault.— Chase Masterson (@ChaseMasterson) June 30, 2017
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
Hey Ollie, heard it was your birthday. 9 years old eh? Congratulations, Happy Birthday !!— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) June 29, 2017
Following the huge outpouring of support, Ollie's mum Natalie took to Twitter on Thursday evening to post the following update.
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
I am like a kid in a sweet shop with all these wonderful messages. I have missed loads I will do my best to reply to you all & catch up x— Christopher (@Hopenlesmyth) June 30, 2017