Woodford Green girl who died of cancer remembered in author’s book

A talented young Woodford Green writer who died of cancer aged eight has been remembered by children’s author Jacqueline Wilson in her latest book.

Molly Field, who went to Churchfields Junior School, Churchfields, South Woodford, inspired her fellow pupils through her writing, including a trilogy called The Adventures of Ella Rose, before she died of a brain tumour in 2010.

Before her death, the gifted youngster met Jacqueline, the creator of the successful Tracy Beaker stories.

The award-winning author has dedicated her book, The Worst Thing About My Sister, to be published on February 2, to Molly.

Molly’s proud mother, Mel Field, 39, of Darnley Road, Woodford Green, said: “Molly was a massive fan of Jacqueline’s books.

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“She [Molly] could read and write before she went to school.

“She had such a wide vocabulary, she could use what was in her imagination.”

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Wendy Thomas, Churchfields’ headteacher, said: “It’s a wonderful tribute to everything Molly did and everyone she inspired.”

Jacqueline’s dedication reads, “In memory of Molly and her sister Isabella who loved each other dearly.”

Molly had problems with her vision because of her illness and so dictated her Ella Rose adventure stories to Mel’s sister.

Over 2,000 copies of the books have been printed to raise �3,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Molly stayed, and the Haven House hospice in High Road, Woodford Green, who supported the family after Molly’s death in September 2010.

The family, including father Steve and Isabella, 6, have since met with Jacqueline to present a cheque to the hospital.

Classmates from Churchfields visited Molly while she was ill to hear her read her stories and the school has set up an annual writing prize in her name.

The Field family have raised around �35,000 for Haven House through sales of Molly’s books, a quiz night and a tribute concert, with Mel planning further events this year.

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