Determined little Molly-Leigh Heaffey has raised £1,800 for her beloved brother's specialist school - and she is only five years old.

Molly-Leigh's mother Kelly says her daughter has raised the money by undertaking a sponsored ride after being given her first bike.

She said: "She received a bike without training wheels and being the most determined child I know she learned in no time at all how to ride it.

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"She then decided she wanted to do a challenge to raise money for a charity that would be very close to home.

"Her older brother and her best friend Oliver who is autistic attends a specialist school Forest Bridge in Maidenhead.

"It was set up by special needs mums who realised there was a need in our area to support our extra special kids. They went onto form a charity Friend's of Forest Bridge who have been raising funds for the last five years."

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The money will go towards the school's new premises at Braywick Road, Maidenhead.

Molly-Leigh lives in Sherborne Close, Colnbrook with Oliver, Kelly and Kelly's partner Peter who have all been keeping watch as she has cycled the 3.2 miles round Dorney Lake aiming to notch up as many miles as possible.

She has already beaten her original fund raising £600 target three times over.

Molly-Leigh is no stranger to fund raising, having already raised money twice for Thames Hospice.

But fundraising for the school attended by eight year old Oliver is particularly special.

Her mum said: "She is very mature for her age. She is Oliver's biggest supporter and his biggest fan. She's always by his side helping him to get dressed, put his shoes on and keeping him safe.

"She's a special girl and represents 'special needs siblings' in an amazing light."

You can visit Molly-Leigh's fund raising page on GoFundMe page on