Molly’s cake sale success

Molly Gallagher
Molly Gallagher
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A 10-year-old Southsea pupil has done her school proud after single-handedly organising a successful cake sale for a worthy cause.

Determined Molly Gallagher from Meon Juniors was so touched by the plight of people with motor neurone disease – a progressive condition that damages the nervous system, leaving muscles wasted and weak – she decided to do something about it.

After recruiting a team of helpers from her school, she set about designing posters to raise awareness of the event and asked pupils to make lots of cakes to raise as much money as possible on the day.

And just in case it had slipped anyone’s mind, the naturally shy youngster addressed 300 pupils in assembly to urge them not to miss her important fundraiser.

Molly, who collected an impressive £80 on the day and handed out dozens of leaflets on motor neurone disease, says: ‘I’m so pleased with the result and even though it was hard work I’d do it all again.

‘I first heard about motor neurone disease from my friend at another school whose uncle has it.

‘She put on a cake sale to raise money to support the charity and I felt I wanted to do something too.

‘I was lucky to have a lot of support from my friends who helped make the posters and brought in loads of cakes which sold brilliantly.

‘Standing in front of assembly was nerve-racking as I’m quite shy, but I knew it would make a big difference.

‘The cake sale was so popular and I have my team to thank for that. We also raised awareness about the disease, which I’m really pleased about.’

Molly decided to split the money between the Motor Neurone Disease Association and local charity The Rainbow Centre in Eastney Road for children with cerebral palsy and adults suffering from strokes, MS and Parkinson’s disease.

Louise Linscott, headteacher, says: ‘Molly is a splendid pupil and I was particularly impressed with her thoughtfulness, attention to detail and how she managed to gather a great team of helpers.

‘The cake sale was a fantastic success – she even had a £20 float ready, everything was under control.

‘Molly is a very good, conscientious pupil. It’s lovely to see her applying her skills as a brilliant team worker and articulate young lady to help others. We’re all extremely proud of her.’