Year 7’s shave their heads for Bethany’s Wish
A huge feeling of pride and respect for our three Year 7 girls (Lola, Lilia and Holly) who have raised well over £2500 for Bethany’s Wish. In today’s assembly they gave a presentation about the effects of cancer treatments and how these charities help young people. They then had their heads shaved and are donating their hair to The Princess Trust so it can be turned into wigs for those who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment or other illnesses.
The three 12-year-olds each have their own reason for taking part in the sponsored head shave on behalf of Bethany’s Wish, a charity that helps children with kidney cancer.
Lola is doing it in memory of a close friend who died from cancer on Lola’s ninth birthday. She said: “It was obviously very upsetting and when something like that happens to you it brings home the reality of those statistics you always hear on the news.”
As for Holly she simply says she has always wanted to “do something nice for someone else”.
The girls have been amazed at how supportive their friends have been, with many telling them they are “an inspiration”.
They all had hair that fell well over their shoulders – and Lilia said that it was likely to take up to four years for hers to grow back to the length that it was before her buzz cut.
The staff from the Lads’ Mile, the barbers opposite the school gates, were on hand to make sure that their haircuts were short and sweet.
Afterwards, Holly said: “To begin with I think I’m going to be a bit nervous walking round school.”
Lilia said: “It felt like I was having a massage. It was really good. I’ve already have five people stroke my head.”
Lola added: “The weird thing is I can still see my parting”
Thank you to Terrace Barbers for their time.
The final tally
The girls ended up raising £3855 for Bethany’s Wish which was given to the charity in November. This was an astonishing accomplishment by the girls and really epitimises our school motto of pride, respect and success. Lola, Lilia and Holly were presented with certificates and pin badges by the Children’s Cancer and Leukemia Group and Bethany’s Wish. They were also presented with a cheque showing the fantastic total they raised.