Demi’s sac­ri­fice in mem­ory of great-gran

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

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

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