I wanted to run my own business, and it was then a
matter of getting down to the serious business of developing a business plan and
finding the start-up finance from someone who believed in me and my idea.
someone turned out to be the Hertfordshire Prince’s Trust, and
the rest, as they say, is history!
One of the main reasons Molly Polly has been such a
success is due to our 'made to measure' service, and also our products are
'hand made', a complete novelty by today's standards! If you
live within a 30 mile radius of the factory in King's Langley, Hertfordshire,
I will visit you for a fitting! If
not we have a special 'foot measurement kit' with full instructions to
ensure a perfect fit - available from this website (click
or a phone call.
Quite a success story, made truly
remarkable by my life threatening experience
in 2002. In January
2002 I was diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Chemotherapy followed and the
prognostication of my consultant was not good, being of the opinion that
condition was inoperable. I sought a second opinion and Mr Desmond Barton at the Royal Marsden Hospital took
an entirely different view, believing the cancer to be operable, giving
good chance of defeating the disease. On March 29th 2002,
I underwent 5˝ hours of radical surgery. Two days later,
I was sitting up
in bed, sketching new designs to expand my product range.
given the 12 month 'all clear', the business is booming,
and I have to think
before realising why people are still asking me how
this website went live in November 2002, demand has increased for our
footwear on a global scale. Our ‘foot measuring system’ has enabled us to
manufacture ‘made to measure’ products for people all over the world!
We have many Support Groups
on the Support
Resources page that may be of great help to you or a friend
- many of these have a reciprocal link to make their visitors aware of our
products. I am particularly happy to have a
link with the Lymphoedema Support Network - the
opportunity to contribute to the valuable support and information service which
the Network provides is greatly appreciated.
Alongside my ambitions for the
Molly Polly business, I have a new mission in life.
I am a very lucky
girl, Mr Barton and his team at the Royal Marsden saved my life and
gave me a second chance - now I am determined to do whatever I can to improve
understanding of the Papilloma virus which infected me and which most people
have never heard of. I believe it should be tested for in every
routine smear test. Many thousands of women, particularly young women,
have had the virus in them at some time and in every case there is a risk of
cancer, however small. It is so easy to protect against the virus, by not
having unprotected sex.
My new lease
on life is benefiting many people with painful leg and foot conditions, giving
relief from discomfort and, in many cases, a degree of mobility of which they
could only dream before they discovered Molly Polly.
When I started Molly Polly
in 2000, the main intention
was to make our products available to all those who desperately needed them
- mainly NHS patients. Back then it seemed just a dream, but now it is a
possibility as Health Authorities are opening their doors to the smaller
supplier. Hopefully you will be able to order Molly Polly products through your
local hospitals very shortly!