Community Focus - Sutton girl loses long locks for charity

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Two 15-year-old Sutton girls have set an inspirational example by raising money for charity and helping build the confidence of cancer patients.

Big-hearted Sutton Academy pupil Natalie Hill had her luscious locks shorn to be made into wigs for children who have lost their hair through treatment.

Along with her fellow student Reanne Webster she has raised more than £1,000 for a variety of good causes.

Natalie decided to make a real change to her life after seeing her little brother Kourosh, aged two, having to go in and out of hospital to be treated for a respiratory illness.

She said: “During Kourosh’s treatment I got the chance to meet other families at the hospital. One particular girl who was the same age as me suffered from leukaemia. She lost her hair during her treatment and her family mentioned she had lost her confidence.

“I thought there are more people suffering in these situations and if I can help one family - even if it is giving them a bit of confidence it is doing my bit.”

Natalie decided to take the brave decision to have her hair cut short, losing 14 inches of her locks in the process, all to raise money for the Little Princess Trust. The charity provides real-hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK who lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

The cost of the wigs to make is £350 which she had to raise in sponsorship through friends, family and teachers. Natalie’s hair was cut at The Mark 1 Salon, Sutton, by Deborah Tomlinson.

She eventually raised £830, with best friend Reanne helping to collect at least a quarter of the donations.

Last year Natalie helped raise more than £400 with friends as part of a sponsored silence in aid of Children in Need.

And on 12th June she will join Sutton Academy pupils from Year 7 right up to the 6th Form, taking part in a Race For Life in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The two girls arrived at a recent surgery held by Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero to tell her how they are determined to do good and make a difference by helping charities.

They went along along with Mary Rutter, who is a governor and volunteer at the school on High Pavement because they were eager to fill Gloria in on their recent fundraising activities.

The MP is constantly praising the fantastic community spirit that exists in Ashfield and said Natalie and Reanne left lasting impression on her.

She said; “It was a pleasure to meet these two talented young women who have already displayed so much get up and go and a desire to make a difference whenever they can. It just fills me with hope for the future when you see young people with such great attitudes and it fills me with pride. Keep up the good work girls.”

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nmac-Gloria, Natalie Hill &: Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero meets inspirational Sutton Academy students Natalie Hill and Reanne Webster.

Natalie having her hair cut by Deborah Tomlinson at The Mark 1 Salon.

Natalie’s locks will go towards making wigs for young cancer patients.