idea started with my late grandmother Molly Polly - hence the name of the
company. She suffered with very painful swollen feet, and was unable
to get any comfortable footwear so I designed a slipper that gave her great
comfort and quality of life.
I started my business with a loan
from The Prince's Trust in Hertfordshire, and the support of a business mentor
provided by the Trust. I was able to start manufacturing and selling my first
product, the Molly Polly Boot.
- Molly Polly
(Original) Boot -
Due to being treated for cancer it became apparent
that there where few products on the market for the lymphoedema sufferer, (a
condition that can be caused by radiotherapy treatment). As I had plenty of
time on my hands convalescing I set about designing a range of products for
severely swollen or bandaged feet. This range consisted of:
- Mules - Sandals
- Molly Boot - Bentley Boot - Nethercotte Boot -
- Hine Boot -
Long Tall Molly - Heel and Elbow Protectors -
All of these products were ‘made to measure’.
With every pair of Molly Polly products despatched we
enclose a ‘Customer Comments’ sheet. This gives us a clear indication in
what area we can improve our products. Acting on customer feedback we
introduced a lightweight material available in Black and Navy blue for
the warmer weather, and a denser fur material for our winter products.
All of our designs are now more sculpted to fit snug to the foot, with a
wider strap and buckles to give a more secure fit.
We have also developed an outdoor boot - the Paget
Boot. This is designed and made specifically for the individual.
Butterfly Boot is the new design that
has replaced the ‘Hine’ Boot and ‘Nethercotte’ Boot from our 2002 range.
These overall changes have made our
product range more versatile with a neater, streamline appearance. The
product range now consists of:
- Mules - Sandal
- Molly Boot - Bentley Boot - Butterfly Boot -
- Long Tall Molly
- Heel and Elbow Protectors - Paget (Outdoor) Boot -
All of the above
products are ‘made to measure’.
As a healthcare and mobility company, we do
receive enquiries for footwear to suit people suffering with various
problems affecting the legs and feet. In severe cases, where other
specialist footwear suppliers products will clearly not suffice, Molly Polly
has proved ideal.
From the beginning of our association with
Rachel Groom in April 2002, we have been equally impressed with the high
quality of her products and her exceptional standard of customer care.
Hers being a bespoke and very specialized
service, we tend to recommend our customers to Molly Polly and ask
permission to pass their details on to Rachel. In every case, she has
contacted the customer immediately after our referral, and has been able to
satisfy their needs both promptly and sympathetically. Rachel obviously has
a great deal of knowledge in her field, as well as a special empathy with
We have received nothing less than glowing
reports from customers who have dealt with Molly Polly, and have no
hesitation in recommending that company to you for its professionalism,
efficiency, reliability and genuine concern.
Everyday Healthcare & Mobility
Unfortunately 2004 was a very bad year for business due to my health.
The first half of this year was spent with me in and out of hospital
suffering with severe chest pain and breathing difficulties. This
rendered me unable to trade, as working in the manufacturing environment
made my breathing condition worse. I was initially diagnosed with
pneumonia and then after further investigation, I was diagnosed with
secondary cervical cancer in the right lung. The second half of 2004
was spent having several months of chemotherapy and then radical surgery to
remove my right lung, as well as many other bits and pieces of me!!!
The end of 2004 gave me much time for deliberation! How was I going to
continue with Molly Polly or was it to be the end?
six months of 2005 were not only spent convalescing, but also trying to find
a way to produce the Molly Polly products without it affecting my health!
Whilst sourcing new a material, I discovered a company called
Lanapelle who were able to meet the high
standards I set for my manufacturing requirements. After much
discussion, Shear Comfort
Lanapelle now manufacture
the new range of products, and of course I personally ensure that each
product meets my specification. I have decided to call these products
the Molly Polly Shear
Comfort Range and I think you will agree that the name really
does reflect the look and feel of the products. They are
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