A MOTHER and daughter from Aston Fields had their heads shaved at the weekend to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
13-year-old Lily Fullelove, came up with the idea after watching several of her relatives going through chemotherapy, and her mum Cherie, was so impressed with the suggestion that she immediately volunteered to join in and have her locks cut off too.
Cherie Fullelove said: “Lily is a very mature, thoughtful, 13-year-old. She’s not one bit worried about what people think. She wants to make a difference because we are all affected by cancer.”
The two initially set themselves a £200 fundraising target, but they’ve already managed to raise more than £560 for the charity, with Karen Flint and Danielle Pratt from Hair Art in Bromsgrove volunteering to help them out by cutting their hair.
Lily said: “Everywhere I look someone has been touched by cancer. Cancer is the worst thing I can think of and no one should have to go through it. My own family has been affected, but every little bit donated to research can help to save us all.”
Not content with their fundraising efforts, Lily and her mum have also donated their cut hair to the Little Princess Trust, which provides wigs made from real hair to children going through cancer treatment.
Lily added: “My hair is very thick so I would like to put it to good use by donating it to The Little Princess Trust.”
Karen Marshall, assistant manager of the Cancer Research UK shop on Bromsgrove High Street, said: “We’d like to thank Lily and her mum for taking on this brave challenge for Cancer Research UK.
“The charity receives no government funding for its work so we rely entirely on the support of volunteers like Lily and Cherie to help us beat cancer sooner.”