Biggin Hill pupils fundraise to help young girl walk

PUBLISHED: 10:11 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:11 18 February 2013

Matilda Kelly and godmother Maureen Fentiman.

Matilda Kelly and godmother Maureen Fentiman.


A young girl awaiting a life-changing operation may soon walk unaided thanks to fundraising students at a Biggin Hill school.

Year 7 pupils at Charles Darwin School, in Jail Lane, have raised more than £500 for charity WalkingMatilda USA - which aims to send two-year-old Matilda Kelly to America for a £70,000 operation.

The running total raised currently stands at £38,000. A charity ball, raffle and auction have all been organised by Matilda’s godmother Maureen Fentiman, who drives the Charles Darwin school bus.

Money has also been raised through cake sales, but further funds could soon be added as five teachers have pledged to complete the three peaks challenge - climbing Scafell Pike, Mount Snowdon and Ben Nevis with 24 hours.

Matilda, of Hartfield, in East Sussex, suffers from spastic diplegia cerebral palsy and was recently measured for a wheelchair.

The operation in Missouri is scheduled for April 18 and, if successful, will allow her to walk unaided and be pain free.

Maureen said: “We are making a real effort to raise as much as we can before the operation date.

“The operation will help Matilda to walk unaided which will make such a difference to her growing up.”

Anyone wishing to donate towards Matilda’s operation can visit

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