Readers' chance to help Molly walk

By Gary Smee 07/06 Updated: 09/06 09:55

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A FUND-RAISING appeal has gone out to Observer readers to help make a three-year-old girl's dreams of walking on her own a reality.

Molly Grove from Broadway has a type of Cerebral Palsy which causes her to have stiffness and pain in her legs making it impossible for her to run around with her two older brothers and friends at her Station Road home.

Molly's family are now trying to raise the £55,000 needed to pay for an operation and physiotherapy in America that will change her life forever.

Once the money is raised Molly can go to St Louis Hospital in Missouri to have the surgery which involves cutting some of the sensory nerve fibres that come from the muscles and enter the spinal cord.

The complicated procedure reduces the tightness in her muscles and will hopefully make it easier for Molly to increase her strength with therapy and exercise. Children who have received the treatment can often start types of exercise that were impossible before.

Molly’s dad Richard made a heartfelt plea for people to donate and help change his daughter's life.

"It is hard to explain how heart breaking it is to see your bright, fun loving, happy daughter in pain and frustrated," he said.

"She has now got to the stage where she is asking why she can’t walk, which is difficult to explain to a three year old.

"This operation will change Molly’s life forever and like any parents my partner and I will do whatever it takes to make sure that our little girl gets the best start in life.

"I know that there will be a lot of hard work involved in raising the money needed to get Molly walking but with determination, help from friends, family, the community and the support of Caudwell Children I am positive that Molly will get her dream."

In her short life so far Molly has received plenty of support from the charity Cauldwell Children.

With plenty of experience in fund-raising, the charity hopes to support Molly’s family by helping with marketing events and using their contacts to approach foundations.

Trudi Beswick, Caudwell Children CEO, added: "Over the last two years we have helped over 20 families with their fund-raising to get this truly life-changing treatment for their children.

"We really believe in the difference the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) treatment can make to a child’s life and want to help in any way we can to get Molly the treatment she needs."

Anyone interested in supporting the Molly’s Wish to Walk Appeal can contact Caudwell Children on 01782 600867, donate online at or text MOLL55 £(amount) to 70070.

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