Molly helps Macmillan appeal with the support of her family

Molly Dowling SUS-150922-122915001
Molly Dowling SUS-150922-122915001

A local school girl has raised money for the Macmillan Cancer appeal for the third year running in memory of her great grandfather who died of cancer.

In 2013, at the age of 10, Ninfield Church of England Primary School pupil Molly Dowling staged her own coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support; raising £75.36 in memory of her great grandfather Robert “Ed” Wood.

Since then Molly has maintained her efforts, staging another Macmillan coffee morning at her home in Ninfield last year.

This year Molly, now 12 and a Claverham Community College student, and her grandmother, Jane Fuller, who lives in Hooe, put posters up in the village advertising “Molly and Jane’s Coffee Morning.”

It turned out to be a real family affair last Saturday. Molly ran the raffle while sister Rosie, eight, cousin Erica Fuller and neighbour and school friend Sophie Miller served the cakes made by her mother, grandmother and aunts Alison and Paula.

Her dad Paul and grandmother Jane served the coffee and kept pace with the washing-up.

The gaily-decorated village hall attracted a host of supporting family and friends.

Molly and her grandmother sent away for Macmillan’s support pack for the event. The comprehensive pack includes themed balloons in Macmillan’s distinctive green together with disposable tablecloths, invitation cards, posters, Gift Aid forms and suggestions for competitions.

The pair were delighted with the success of the coffee morning which produced £50 more than last year’s effort and thanked everyone involved for their enthusiasm and support.

The combined effort by the extended Ninfield and Hooe family has raised £250 for charity.

A spokesperson from Macmillan Cancer Support said: “There are now 2.5 million people in the UK living with cancer. By 2030, it will be 4 million people, and we want to be there for them all.

“One in three of us will get cancer, and it will be one of the toughest things we’ll ever have to face. Our goal is to make sure no one faces cancer alone.

“We provide medical, emotional, practical and financial support, as well as campaigning for better cancer care. And because cancer affects more than just those facing it, we’re there for friends and family too.”

There are a number of coffee mornings being held this weekend, including one at All Saints Church, Sidley, on Saturday 26 from 10.30am.

If you are holding a coffee morning let us know how it went and send in some pictures of the event to

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