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BAD HAIR DAY 2017

Have you heard? Bad hair is in on Fri­day 10 Fe­bru­ary! Great Or­mond Street Hospi­tal Chil­dren’s Char­ity is en­cour­ag­ing all chil­dren, men and women to ditch their so­phis­ti­cated ’dos for mo­hi­cans, mul­lets and wigs next Fri­day, for Bad Hair Day 2017.

The char­ity is invit­ing peo­ple to pop on a wacky wig, or back­comb, bouf­fant or braid their way to a dar­ing new ’do, to help raise money and make a dif­fer­ence for se­ri­ously ill chil­dren from across the UK.

Loads of adults will be getting in­volved at work up and down the coun­try (in­clud­ing us lot at First News HQ!) and the char­ity wants you to get in­volved at school. All you need to do is ask your teacher (or par­ents/guardians if you want to raise money at home) to sign up for a fundrais­ing pack, which in­cludes ma­te­ri­als to help you fundraise for the hospi­tal and has in­struc­tions on how to style a brand-new wacky, dire ’do.

The money you raise will make a vi­tal dif­fer­ence to chil­dren from across the UK who are suf­fer­ing from the rarest, most com­plex and of­ten life-threat­en­ing con­di­tions. One of those chil­dren is Ame­cia.

Ame­cia is 11 years old and from southeast Lon­don, and she’s tak­ing part in Bad Hair Day her­self next week. The fundrais­ing event is very close to her heart, as she has been treated at Great Or­mond Street Hospi­tal (GOSH), so she knows just how im­por­tant fundrais­ing events like this are.

Ame­cia’s story

When Ame­cia was born, she weighed just 1lb 7oz (0.65kg) and was quickly di­ag­nosed with chronic lung dis­ease.

She was born at just 25 weeks and spent her first four months in in­ten­sive care. At a month old she had a heart oper­a­tion, with laser eye surgery needed shortly af­ter to save her sight.

For many months af­ter, Ame­cia was reg­u­larly in hospi­tal for coughs and colds that she strug­gled to fight off.

At the age of one, Ame­cia was rushed to her lo­cal hospi­tal and di­ag­nosed with bron­chi­oli­tis; her lungs were stiff and she had swollen to twice her size. She was then rushed to GOSH and, on the way, had to be re­sus­ci­tated in the am­bu­lance. She re­ceived life-sav­ing treat­ment pro­vided by an ECMO ma­chine, which acted as Ame­cia’s lungs for ten days. A fort­night later, Ame­cia and her fam­ily got to go home, just in time for Christ­mas. She is now do­ing very well. She still vis­its GOSH for as­sess­ments and her mum calls her “my lit­tle mir­a­cle”. Ame­cia will be tak­ing part in Bad Hair Day with her fam­ily to raise money for GOSH, just like many of you al­ready plan to.

To sign up for a free Bad Hair Day fundrais­ing kit and for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, visit www.gosh.org/bad­hair­day with a par­ent, guardian or teacher.

Ame­cia sport­ing some ex­tra­bad hair for Bad Hair Day! AW­FUL! BAD! EWW! LOL! DIRE!

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