A schoolgirl from Crawley is hoping to raise £1,000 for St Catherine’s Hospice by shaving her head in memory of her grandparents.
Emily Dyer, 12, from Gossops Green, wanted to do something different to raise money for the charity and has reached £873 - surpassing her first target of £500.
She said: “In 2011, I lost my granddad to cancer and he was looked after by nurses at St Catherine’s. Since then I have lost two other granddads to the same disease.
“I wanted to give something back to St Catherine’s for all they have done. Shaving your head is not something many people do. I didn’t want to do a bake sale, but something different.”
Emily, who goes to Holy Trinity School, will be having all her hair cut off on February 21 at Boutique hair salon in Ifield.
Her mum Amanda admitted she was surprised to hear Emily’s plans at first.
She said: “It was a massive shock. She came home one day and said, ‘I want to shave my head’. Her hair is at shoulder length. It’s the shortest it’s ever been at the moment.
“I’m quite nervous as she didn’t get hair until she was quite old. She was four. She decided on it in September and she’s done it all herself. She spoke to St Catherine’s and got some sponsorship forms personalised specially for her.
“She’s really excited. As the money comes in, she’s watching the total grow. She’s excited she’s doing it and that it’s because of her doing. She’s researched where to get scarves from to wear at school. I’m a very proud mum.”
To sponsor Emily go to http://www.justgiving.com/EmilyDyersheadshave