Hair today..and gone to a very good cause
Lucy’s big charity chop raises almost £1800
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