Musical treat will help fund Molly’s life-changing op

MUSICIANS have taken a young girl closer to being able to walk more easily.

The bands who performed in the latest Back To The 60s concert in Bognor Regis enabled some £7,500 to be raised for Molly’s Wish.

This has been set up to help Molly Roots, four, of Felpham, have a major operation to help her overcome her cerebral palsy.

The recent night’s success has taken the total raised so far by Molly’s parents, Nicola and Phill, to some £24,000 against their £50,000 target.

Nicola said: “It was a great night and has given our fundraising a big boost.

“I think we are going to reach our target if things carry on the way they have been doing.”

This year’s Back To The 60s at the Riverside Caravan Centre repeated the success of previous years in selling out its 500 tickets.

Organiser Roy Haines said: “We are still completing our accounts but we anticipate that we raised in excess of £7,500 for Molly’s Wish which we hope will help to fund the special treatment that this little girl needs to improve her mobility and be of real benefit in the years ahead.”

Roy was one of those who performed.

He was joined on stage by some of the original artists from The Detours and Friends, Dave and the Diamonds, The Southbeats, The Concords, The Warren J.5 and Cosy, along with Soul Intention.

Molly’s Wish was started last year because Nicola and Phill, of Felpham, hope a selective dorsal rhizotomy operation at the Saint Louis children’s hospital in Missouri will help her walk more easily by relieving the spasticity in her legs.

The results of an MRI scan need to be sent to the hospital before a decision can be made about the operation going ahead next year.

In the meantime, Molly has an appointment in Bristol this April to find out if the operation can be performed in this country.

“We’ve not had much encouragement in the UK so far,” said Nicola, of Drake Park. “They don’t have as much research about the treatment as there is in America. But it’s a case of exploring all the options.”

Nicola has her own health worries – she will next week go on the transplant waiting list in the search for a kidney donor.

That is needed because she has IgA Nephropathy which damages the organs’ filtering work.

Nicola’s father is also going through the procedures as a potential donor if no other match can be found.

“My operation needs to be done first,” said Nicola.

“It will now be a case of getting a phone call if a match comes in. It could be at any time but the average wait is three years.

“But it will save my dad having the operation to donate a kidney if one becomes available.”

As previously reported, a number of events in aid of Molly have taken place.

Donations can be made at www.mollyswish.co.uk. For more information visit www.facebook.com/pages/Mollys-Wish/771480632882364?ref=stream&fref=nf