The start of September is often a time of excitement when 'back to school' time arrives. Sadly, there are many children this September who will not be returning to school with their friends. One of these is six-year-old Mollie Davies from Herefordshire.
Mollie was diagnosed with leukaemia (ALL) in May 2016 at the age of 3. Two years into treatment, Mollie relapsed and she underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2018. Devastatingly, Mollie has since relapsed again, just 9 months after her transplant. She is currently in Great Ormond Street Hospital in London receiving CAR-T cell therapy.
Mollie will spend several weeks in hospital and then many more weeks at home whilst still in isolation. She has already missed so much schooling over the last couple of years and is about to miss more.
Mollie's mother contacted us to see if we could help. We are delighted to say that this September, Mollie will still be able to take part in registration with her friends on the first day of school with the help of her very own AV1 robot.
Mollie's mother, Lucie said:
"Mollie has missed a lot of school during her illness and treatment. She won't be able to go back to school for a while after CAR-T cell therapy. She misses her friends. Mollie is a happy smiley girl and takes it all in her stride. She makes us proud every day and keeps us going. The AV1 robot will benefit her greatly.... Thank you so much."
We are so pleased that we are able to help Mollie in this way. We have also been contacted by a number of families in similar situations who are also in need of help. Unfortunately, at present, we are unable to provide AV1s for all the children that need them. As such, at the moment only very local, exceptional cases are able to be funded. In time we hope to be able to support more children.
Each separate AV1 machine costs the Trust just over £300 a month to rent and run. Thank you to all our local fundraisers whose efforts have meant we are able to fund this second machine. Please do keep voting for us in the Tesco Centenary Bags competition across the Three Counties if you can. This funding would mean we can help even more children.
Mollie, we hope you love your AV1 robot as much as Oscar has.
Could you help us help support other children like Mollie and Oscar? If you would like to contribute towards this project, you can do so here.