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THIS time next week, make sure you crimp, colour and curl your way to a Bad Hair Day!
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.
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!