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Molly Gill touches hearts to encourage fundraising
A BRAVE youngster with leukaemia has touched the hearts of schoolpals her mum had not seen for 20 years – inspiring them to fundraise for poorly children everywhere.
The mother of five-year-old Molly Gill was contacted by former Tottington High schoolfriend Paul Garvey on Facebook after he heard about Molly’s battle with cancer.
Molly, who has just completed an intensive course of chemotherapy, encouraged 36-year-old Paul and other ex-pupils to organise a charity evening for the Make a Wish Foundation.
The charity grants wishes to children fighting life-threatening conditions, and princess-loving Molly hopes they may take her to Disneyland in Florida.
Chantlers Primary School pupil Molly was diagnosed with leukaemia in April and currently has a good prognosis but will be taking medication for at least the next 18 months.
Mum Kelly, aged 36, of Holcombe Avenue, said: “Molly’s illness has been really difficult for all of us, but hopefully we are over the worst of it now.
“We wanted to help give something back after seeing so many children while Molly was being treated, and Make a Wish Foundation gives these kids something to look forward to.
“It is so traumatic for children to have to go through leukaemia; it is awful when they cannot do things their friends can do, and losing their hair is devastating for little girls.”
Kelly, also mum to 18-month-old Oscar, was due to go back to her job with British Gas when Molly was diagnosed but was forced to take an indefinite career break.
After taking Molly to Disneyland Paris when she was three, Kelly and husband Tom, aged 39, had promised she could visit Florida when she was older if they could afford to make the trip.
Kelly added: “Molly’s diagnosis happened so quickly. She started telling me her tummy was hurting and her legs were tired but when she had lots of bruises on her legs I took her to the doctor.
“Blood tests the same day confirmed she had leukaemia and while you cannot prepare yourself for hearing something like that we feel very lucky her diagnosis was so quick.”
Molly spent three weeks at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital before coming home for seven days and then returning for another fortnight – and she will need check-ups for the next 10 years.
Fundraiser organiser Paul, a mechanical fire engineer, has previously done charity work in Denmark and Africa but said this cause felt “close to home”.
Paul, originally from Greenmount but now living in Castleton, said: “I heard about Molly through Kelly’s Facebook page and got in touch with other school friends I had not seen for 20 years.”
The event, which has a fundraising target of £1,500, will take place at Tottington Conservative Club on Friday. October 11, at 7pm with tickets priced at £10.
Bolton band SKP will perform and there will be a DJ and a pie supper included.
For more information or to make a donation, go to justgiving.com/Molly-Gill2 or search Tottington Friends of Make A Wish Foundation on Facebook.
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