Glengormley schoolgirl Jessica Deeds has raised £1,268 for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice by having her long hair chopped off.
The fundraising event was held on Saturday April 5 and Jessica has kindly donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which supplies real hair wigs to children across the United Kingdom and Ireland who have lost their own hair as a result of cancer treatment.
Speaking about the fundraiser, Jessica’s mother Lisa Deeds said: “I am very proud of Jessica, when she says she is going to do something, she does it. When she decided to help raise funds for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice by having her hair cut, we never imagined it would raise so much money. We would like to thank our friends, family and the local school, who were all very generous in their support of Jessica.”
Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice community fundraiser Catherine O’Hara said: “On behalf of everyone at the Children’s Hospice, I would like to sincerely thank Jessica, her family and friends for this wonderful donation. We simply could not provide the service we do both at the hospice and in the homes of our life-limited children and young people without the support and generosity of our local community.”
Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice is a local charity caring for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses. All money raised will go towards providing the best care possible for local children, young people and their families. The sum of £503 will provide for the full care of a child for twenty-four hours, £102 pays for one overnight nurse at home. With over £2.5 million to raise every year, all donations, large and small are much needed.