Wensleydale School student’s fundraising efforts to be aired on TV

Fundraiser Molly Birch.

A Wensleydale School student has raised money for a charity close to her heart by taking part — and being filmed for — the annual BBC Countryfile Ramble.

The event raises awareness and money for Children in Need charities.

This includes Support Dogs, a charity which has supported 12-year-old Molly Birch, who has cerebral palsy.

The ramble took place a few weeks ago.

Due to Covid, Molly, from Leyburn, did her ramble locally while linking to Countryfile presenter Adam Henson virtually by Zoom.

Support Dogs has helped Molly gain independence since pairing her up with physical assistance dog, Chess.

She hopes her appearance will help increase awareness for the charity and raise money for further training for children in similar situations.

The year eight student first appeared on the rural TV show in September.

She said: “I was very excited and looked forward to meeting Adam Henson and the challenge.

“I was a little bit nervous when I was first filmed but Matt who filmed me was really good fun, Chess really liked being filmed too.”

About the importance of the event, she adds: “Being part of the ramble with Chess will hopefully make people more aware of Support Dogs and how brilliant they are at training dogs like Chess.

“He has made my life much easier and more independent and I want to share that so that it helps other children.”

Molly with Chess.

Molly has overcome many challenges to get to where she is and defied expectations.

When the 12 year old started primary school, she was unable to speak but she is now successfully engaged at her local school with the support of Chess, her family and the school community.