THE story of a Peebles girl battling cancer has touched the hearts of the community who have pledged to make her dreams come true.

As previously reported, seven-year-old Charly Bisset has spent several weeks in the Sick Kids Hospital undergoing chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Now back home to spend quality time with her family, Charly is sadly losing her blonde hair due to the treatment.

And, as we told earlier this month, big brother Brandon let Charly shave off his hair to show her that she wasn’t alone in her fight.

The inspirational youngster has fond memories of holidaying with her family and longs to return to Nairn or Heacham, but says she’d be quite happy to go to Hawaii!

And thanks to a community-wide, dream-making endeavour spearheaded by her aunt, a holiday in the Scottish Highlands or sunny English village of Norfolk is on Charly’s horizon.

Charly may have to wait a little longer until she dons her hula and grass skirt, but with the GoFundMe page ‘Charly’s Little Wishes’ set up by aunt Nikki Bown, the community is donating to make her dreams a reality.

At the time of going to press, the £1,000 target was in sight, with £815 having been pledged.

We asked Charly what she thought of people wanting to make her wishes come true.

She told us: “I learned all about kindness at school and people wanting to donate money to me is real kindness. People that don’t even know me are giving money and it is so lovely.”

And dad Mark said the family was humbled by the generosity of the community.

“Charly wants to go to the places we have visited on holiday. We have no idea where Hawaii came from, although she was asked by CLIC Sargent Charity to think of a special treat for the end of her treatment which can be anything from a holiday to meeting your favourite popstar. She certainly likes to aim high!”

The charity also organised for Charly to design her very own Converse boots. Mark explained: “They are being made at the moment so she will soon be sporting her very own special edition Converse.”

Charly’s plight has touched not only the Peebles community, but also local mum and businesswoman Jo Sutherland.

The co-owner of Forever Fit Club is planning to run the Glencoe Marathon in September to raise money for Charly’s Wishes.

Jo said: “Charly is in my son’s class at Priorsford Primary and I have got to know most of the children in the class by helping out on quite a few occasions at the school.

“I hope by running the marathon in honour of Charly that I can grant one of this courageous little girl’s wishes.”