December 7 2013 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
A brave 10-year-old girl has raised over £3,500 after having her hair shaved off in her Upminster school’s hall to raise money for charity.
Cheered on by her classmates at the James Oglethorpe Primary School, Ashvale Gardens, Emily Newins said goodbye to her long locks.
She was inspired to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support after a friend of her mum’s lost her hair while undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.
Emily’s hair will be donated to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children with cancer.
Her mum Lynn said: “My good friend said she would have sunk without the support of Macmillan, so Emily said that she wanted to fundraise for them by shaving her hair.
“When I asked Emily if she realised how she would look with no hair, she replied, “At least I have the choice mum, I’m so glad that I am well and not having to lose my hair”. We are so incredibly proud of Emily.”
The youngster was also called “marvellous” by Steven Thorne, the chairman of Macmillan’s Romford fundraising group.
Headteacher Deborah Rowles said: “We all agree that Emily is an inspiration to us all.”
Emily’s fundraising page is still open for donations. Visit www.justgiving.com/Lynn-Newins1.
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