Molly-Mae helps to ‘Rays a Smile’

Kelly Thornham News

Molly-Mae with Hayley Collis (l) and Elaine Drake

Ten-year-old Molly-Mae Windle has been hailed a fundraising superstar by Bradford Hospitals’ Charity after raising £400 for its new hospital appeal.

The St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School (Clayton) pupil is championing Bradford Hospitals’ Charity’s Rays a Smile appeal, which aims to make radiology services more child-friendly, because she has had many scans in the past. Molly-Mae was born with Cystic Fibrosis, which means she has regular hospital appointments, X-rays and ultrasound scans.

Molly-Mae, who also features in the charity’s appeal film, organised a Mother’s Day hamper raffle and Easter hamper raffle all on her own to raise the money. She said: “I was keen to help with this fundraising appeal because this is something I know children like me will benefit from.

“The changes planned will make children feel less scared and more comfortable when attending X-rays, ultrasounds and CT scans. It’s a very daunting experience for both children and parents and my aim is to make a child smile when attending radiology.”

The Rays a Smile appeal was launched by Bradford Hospitals’ Charity to create a more child-friendly environment in the radiology departments at Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital, as well as to buy specialist kit to distract children during scans. The entire project will cost £250,000 to transform services into bright and welcoming environments for children in both hospitals.

Hayley Collis, head of fundraising for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, said: “We are blown away by how much money Molly-Mae raised for our appeal! We can’t thank her enough for thinking of other children who will need scans, just like she does. She is a very determined young lady and, we’re sure, one of our future fundraising superstars!”

Molly-Mae’s mum, Rebecca Windle, said: “I’m extremely proud of Molly-Mae. She loves helping others and making them smile. She’s a real inspiration.”

Dr Lee-Anne Elliott, paediatric radiology consultant, said:” Molly-Mae has made an amazing contribution to our appeal to help young people in Bradford who need to x-rays or scans. Her enthusiasm for our appeal is wonderful to see, and she is a great example of what a young person can achieve for something so worthwhile. She has proved to be a fantastic ambassador for our ‘Rays a Smile’ appeal already and we are incredibly grateful.”

Read all about Rays a Smile and watch Molly-Mae in the appeal video at https://bradfordhospitalscharity.org/rays-a-smile/

You can make a donation at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/raysasmile2019

To find out more about Bradford Hospitals’ Charity and how you can support your local hospitals, visit www.bradfordhospitalscharity.org. Alternatively, contact Hayley Collis or Elaine Drake on 01274 274809 or email charity@bthft.nhs.uk