Community gets behind Hambrook’s Mollie

Mollie Matthews has neuroblastoma
Mollie Matthews has neuroblastoma

OBSERVER readers have been inspired by the story of brave Mollie Matthews, four, who is battling an aggressive form of cancer.

As previously reported in the Observer, Mollie, from Hambrook, was diagnosed with stage-four neuroblastoma in December.

Neuroblastoma attacks the nervous system and has a high chance of relapse – around 80 per cent.

Her family are currently trying to raise £500,000 to pay for a potentially life-saving treatment in America.

This month, a country fair was held in Hambrook to help them reach their fund-raising target.

Despite bad weather, Mollie’s Kick Ass Country Show had a good turn out with events on the day including a demolition derby, arena events, live music, vintage vehicles and traditional stalls and games.

John-William Day raised an extra £235 on the day after getting his back waxed by Jane Bullbeck, from the Beauty Rooms, Chichester.

Mollie’s supporters have also been mountain climbing, compiling a cookbook and having their photographs taken for a Calendar Girls-style calendar.

The Observer has also been contacted by other groups and individuals wanting to offer help and support. One artist dropped a painting into the office as a potential raffle prize and a church congregation has written a personal letter of sympathy to the family.

More details of the campaign can be found on by searching for Mollies Kick Ass Campaign.