PARENTS who lost their daughter to cancer are publishing a book to help children going through chemotherapy.
Molly Ollerenshaw – who referred to herself as Molly Olly – was just eight years-old when she lost her battle with kidney cancer in 2011.
During the five years she was ill, the Claverdon Primary School pupil helped others with cancer, including working with Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman to narrate a film about radiation, which is now used in hospitals all over the country.
After her death, parents Rachel and Tim wanted to continue her hard work and set up ‘Molly Olly’s Wishes’ – a charity granting wishes to children and offering financial and emotional support.
Mum Rachel – who runs the charity – said: “Losing a child is the worst thing imaginable, but creating something positive out of such a dark episode has been massively rewarding for us as a family.
“Molly had an amazing spirit and such determination through it all. The impact that she made in her short eight years astounded us. To witness how she touched the lives of friends and strangers alike and how she inspired so many good acts led us to start this charity and continue her good work.”
After losing Molly, the family from Warwick – including Ben, 13 and ten-year-old daughter Maeve – designed and created a toy lion called Olly the Brave for children who have been fitted with a ‘central line’ – a tube inserted into the chest to deliver treatment.
The cuddly toy is fitted with the line – which Molly called a ‘wiggly’ – and also has a removable mane for children who have lost their hair through treatment.
He is the main character in a book called ‘Olly the Brave and the Wigglys’, which was created by the family and author Diane Maybey and is set to be published this month.
The book tells the story of Olly and his family as he receives his diagnosis and prepares for his operation to have his ‘wiggly’ fitted.
Rachel said: “Molly hated the sensation when the chemotherapy was put through her line, especially the sickness it caused. We hope Olly’s story will help children and their families on their journey and in time will be available for every child in the UK going through initial diagnosis and a central line procedure.”
Visit www.mollyolly.co.uk to find out more about the charity or to donate.
Molly was diagnosed with kidney cancer at just three-years-old. (s)