Tributes to much-loved Stroud woman who has died aged 23

TRIBUTES are pouring in to an inspirational disability campaigner who has died at the age of 23. 

Molly Pegler from Nailsworth – who had dreams to become a journalist – died unexpectedly last month.

She was born with hypopituitarism, a rare life-threatening hormone deficiency although this was not discovered until she was 14.

Molly was completing an online journalism course with the British School of Journalism and sadly she was only a few words away from finishing it when she died on Sunday, July 24. 

She interviewed some amazing people including Bafta-winning actors from BBC’s Hetty Feather and Malory Towers, Netflix’s Raising Dion and CBBC’s Katy and The Dumping Ground. 

Molly was also friends with journalists Dominic Littlewood, author Jilly Cooper and BBC 1’s investigative journalist Nick Stapleton, who gave her encouragement and feedback. 

She was also a passionate advocate for disabled and chronically ill people everywhere and used to write a disability column for the SNJ.

Molly worked at A World With Friends, where she was part of the team which helped host proms for young people who were unable to attend due to illness.

She also took part in the charity’s Christmas single in 2019 which reached number eight on the iTunes charts.

In memory of Molly, the family wants to get the single to Christmas number one. 

Last year Molly’s mum Rachel published a series of children’s books to help raise money for treatment for her daughter with the aim of buying an adrenal pump to help with her insulin. 

She said: “Molly was one of the most amazingly talented, resilient and beautiful souls we ever could have wished for as a daughter, a sister, a cousin, a niece and granddaughter.

“Her resilience and determination throughout her life was remarkable. 

“She survived without life-sustaining hormones for all of these years and sadly this resulted in her chronically ill health.

“Although Molly was poorly and spent a lot of time asleep and in pain, she also accomplished some amazing things. 

“We have had some wonderful heartfelt messages from so many people.

“How someone so poorly could touch so many hearts from her chair in the living room is outstanding, it just shows what an amazing girl she was.

“Her sense of humour was hilarious and her smile infectious. We all miss her so much.”

A celebration of Molly’s life will take place on Wednesday, August 24. 

People are encouraged to meet on the steps of Christ Church in Nailsworth at 1.40pm to follow Molly’s carriage to St George’s church.

A private cremation will take place with immediate family in between but everyone who knew Molly is welcome afterwards at Egypt Mill from 3.30pm. 

Molly’s family say to wear bright colours as she loved Disney, unicorns and all things happy. 

Donations to The James Hopkins Trust and The Charcot Therapy Centre in Molly’s memory can be made at https://bit.ly/3w6VRjA or sent to Fred Stevens Funeral Directors. 

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