A young girl who endured open heart surgery when she was just two now wants to help other little ones facing the doctor’s scalpel.
Phoebe Molnar will run 5k on her fifth birthday on June 8 and she’s already busted her £500 fundraising target for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
She will be joined for the Race for Kids family run in London’s Battersea Park by her mum Rachel and dad Nick – both keen runners themselves.
Dad Nick, of Blair Close, Hemel Hempstead, said: “She will be five on the day and really it is a long way for her. I’m expecting to walk a bit, carry her a bit and run a bit.”
Phoebe needed surgery to fix a hole in her heart and since the operation success Rachel and Nick have completed several fundraising events for the children’s hospital.
Nick said: “The doctors and nurses there are absolutely phenomenal. They were very good, you are in the best hands. They made it as fun as possible for Phoebe – they just know how to talk to a child to make them feel at ease.
“As a parent you probably take the brunt of the stress because you know what is going on and you know what the risks are.
“As a parent the life of your child is in their hands.
“Phoebe was great. She just took it all in her stride. Beforehand she couldn’t shift a cold or was often fairly ill but after she had recovered from the operation she bounced back.
“Since then it has been our chosen charity.”
Phoebe’s fundraising web page raised the £500 target in just 24 hours and now the family has pledged to bring in as much money as possible for the cause.
Nick said: “We were so overwhelmed by the support from our friends and family. We have reached our target so now we don’t want to stop.”