Family’s bid to raise cash for operation

The family of a disabled little girl are battling to raise £60,000 to enable her to have a life-changing operation.

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. The charity was able to fully fund the suit with the help of A1 Quality Homecare, which recently ran a dunk your boss day’, raising £3,000. So far Molly’s family have raised more than £3,500 towards her operation and her aunt, Michaela McKimmie, is organising a charity ball at Bannatyne Spa Hotel in Battle Road, St Leonards on Friday, May 22, from 6.30pm to midnight.

Molly’s dad, Tyrone, said: “It’s fabulous that we’ve raised this much so far. We’ve had donations from friends and family on Facebook, as well as the community at large. Money is coming in every day and we’d like to thank everyone who has helped us.”

Molly, her father and grandfather Shaun Collins will also be entering Hastings Half Marathon on Sunday, March 22 to raise as much money as possible. Once the money is raised the Tree of Hope charity, which helps sick and disabled youngsters, will use the funds towards the operation and physiotherapy needed afterwards. Tickets to the charity ball are on sale and can be bought through Michaela by calling 07792 759406. Tickets are £40 per person. McKimmie Construction Ltd, based on The Ridge, will be sponsoring the charity ball.