Helping Molly to walk again

Molly May Collins (aged 5). Hastings. SUS-151203-074722001
Molly May Collins (aged 5). Hastings. SUS-151203-074722001

A Family Fun Day event will help support a little girl’s dream of being able to walk.

The event, at Buckhurst Campsite, on Saturday September 19, is raising funds for Molly’s Wish To Walk charity.

Five-year-old Molly May Collins, of Gillsmans Hill, St Leonards, has mixed type four limb cerebral palsy which means she is unable to walk unaided.

Her family wants to take her to the USA to have an operation called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR), which will help the youngster to walk.

Molly, who was born prematurely on Christmas Day, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was two years old.

Her condition means the muscles in her legs are very tight and cause her pain. She often wakes up in the middle of the night with pain and muscle spasms.

Molly uses her walker and wheelchair to get about. Hastings-based Charity for Kids also bought a special suit to help correct her posture.

She dreams of one day being able to run with her sister Matilda.

The Fun Day and Music Festival is being held at Buckhurst Campsite, at Bluemans Lane, Sedlescombe, just off the A21.

Organiser Callum Loft said: “We will have Colossal Events there with many different inflatables including bouncy castles and a Total Wipe Out assault course.

There will be soft play for under threes; face painting, a rodeo bull, giant slide, refreshments and ice cream van. This runs from 12 noon - 4pm and costs £6 per child wrist band.

“The evening event will be from 6 pm - 1 am. We have lined up three live bands - The Tonics, Soul X Press, and this years’ Hastings Beer Festival headliner Sam Calver.

“We also have DJ Daz Majidi from Beyond Entertainment playing top tunes.

“There is a fully licensed bar and food venders on site. Tickets are £20 per person.”

Tickets are limited to 500 and around half have already sold out.

They are available from Bar Moda in Hastings town centre; the Lemon Tree in Western Road, Bexhill, or by calling Callum Loft on 07751 100820.

If you would like to sponsor any of the attractions at the event contact Callum Loft. Overnight camping is available from Buckhurst on : 07517 477447.

For more information on Molly’s appeal visit www.treeofhope.org.uk/mollys-wish-to-walk/.