Hair today..and gone to a very good cause

Lucy’s big char­ity chop raises al­most £1800

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - An­drea O’Neill

Big-hearted school­girl Lucy Chad­wick went for the chop to help chil­dren with can­cer and col­lected a hair-rais­ing £1741.

The 10-year-old Maxwell­ton Pri­mary pupil re­cently do­nated a whop­ping 10 inches of her brown locks to the Lit­tle Princess Trust.

The char­ity pro­vide real-hair wigs for chil­dren who have lost their own hair due to can­cer treat­ment.

With the help of her grandad Jim and her gen­er­ous school friends, Lucy coined in a four-fig­ure sum for La­nark­shire Can­cer Care Trust – a cause close to her fam­ily’s hearts.

The Calder­wood girl pledged to take on the fundrais­ing chal­lenge af­ter her mum Paula do­nated her hair back in 2014.

Lucy’s 70-year-old gran, Al­li­son Bur­ley, was di­ag­nosed with ovar­ian can­cer in 2013 and was well looked af­ter by the trust.

Paula, 36, told the News her mum is now “do­ing great” and she will for­ever be in­debted to the char­ity who helped her through the ill­ness.

“Lucy asked if she could do the fundraiser af­ter her gran got sick but I thought she was too young so told her to wait till she was 10,” she said. “She never let us for­get it.

“Af­ter her birth­day she went round all the doors and asked every­one she knew to do­nate.

“I cut my hair for the Princess Trust in 2014 af­ter my mum’s can­cer di­ag­no­sis and raised over £500 for La­nark­shire Can­cer Care Trust. It’s the best char­ity and re­ally cared for my mum, tak­ing her back and for­ward to her ap­point­ments.

“Lucy set her­self a tar­get of beat­ing my to­tal and ended up rais­ing £1741. I’m so proud of her.”

And Lucy was de­lighted to be able to let an­other lit­tle girl en­joy her lus­cious long locks, self­lessly telling her mum: “Fi­nally a wee girl can have my hair who needs it more than I do.”

With the help of her six-year-old brother Matthew, Lucy pre­sented a cheque to the trust.

Paula went on: “She can’t be­lieve every­one’s gen­eros­ity and wants to do it all over again and raise even more money. But she might have to wait an­other 10 years for it to grow back!

“I’m su­per proud she helped a char­ity close to home and happy that she loves her new hair.”

La­nark­shire Can­cer Care Trust is an in­de­pen­dent char­ity which pro­vides free trans­port for can­cer pa­tients who live in the NHS La­nark­shire health board area and can’t get to hos­pi­tal ap­point­ments.

The char­ity cover a whole host of ap­point­ments in­clud­ing clin­ics, treat­ment and day­care fa­cil­i­ties at hos­pi­tals in Glas­gow, Ed­in­burgh and La­nark­shire.

Each year they need £250,000 to keep the trust up and run­ning – an in­cred­i­ble 85 per cent of this comes from do­na­tions and events run by sup­port­ers like Lucy.

Locks away Ten inches of Lucy’s hair was lobbed off in aid of the La­nark­shire Can­cer Care Trust

Cheque this out Lucy, with wee brother Matthew, hands over her do­na­tion of al­most £1800

Hair we go Lucy Chad­wick is all set for her char­ity chop

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