Demi’s sacrifice in memory of great-gran
THE memory of her great-nana has inspired a Stockton schoolgirl into a special tribute.
Demi Hawkes, from Hardwick, had her long locks chopped, then donated 12 inches of hair to make a wig for the Little Princess Trust.
The eight-year-old’s idea began after Macmillan nurses cared for her great-grandma Maureen McDonald on and off for two years before her death from cancer in December.
Her fundraising efforts have raised more than £700 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Gemma Hawkes, 30, a fulltime mum-of-two, said before the cut: “I’m so proud of her; when you think of her age and the length of her hair. I’m more nervous than her - her nana would be so proud.”
Demi wanted to support the Little Princesses Trust as her mum explained: “She said if little girls can’t have hair like mine I’ll give it to them.”
The event held at Harrow Gate Primary Academy saw all pupils sporting “crazy hair” for the day in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Gemma said: “I can’t believe it, I thought it was going to be a little thing. I’m shocked.”
Stephanie Lauren, 26, Demi’s hairdresser from the age of four, carried out the chop.
She said: “She adores her hair but she has been so brave.”
Headteacher, Vicky Galt, 40, said: “I can’t even describe how proud I am of that little girl. She is such a quiet little thing but she has such a big heart. I’m so proud of her, really proud.”
Cake sales and the prize of a cake for the craziest “do” of the day went to Darcy McDowell, who was styled like a unicorn.
Lots of local businesses supported Demi by contributing to the cake sale: Marie Kightly, Sugar and Spice by Debbie Oliver, The Village Bakery, Billingham, The Bygone Bakers, Stockton, and Cafe Express, Stockton.
Demi Hawkes says goodbye to her locks
Demi with mum Gemma Hawkes