Hove hospice hails 11 year old an 'inspirational role model' after fundraising challenge

Delilah McNulty, 11, before the head shave challenge
Delilah McNulty, 11, before the head shave challenge

An 11 year old has been hailed ‘an inspirational role model’ after raising hundreds of pounds for charity.

Delilah McNulty, from Brighton, has raised more than £900 for Martlets Hospice following a head shave challenge.

Delilah McNulty after the head shave challenge

Delilah McNulty after the head shave challenge

She donated the sum earlier this month after having all of her hair cut off last year to support the charity, which cares for those living with a terminal illness in and around Brighton and Hove.

Delilah, whose hair was two inches below her shoulders before the challenge, said: “I know that lots of people there need support. It made me feel good to know that I was helping people."

She says she decided she did not need her hair any more and asked her mum, Sorcha Bridge, if she could take on the challenge.

She added: “As I got closer to the day, I started to feel quite scared – but when I got to the hairdressers I was excited.

“I even cut my own ponytail off, and then the hairdresser shaved off the rest.

“My friends at school didn’t believe that I was going to do it, so they were really shocked when I came into school the next day.”

“People keep telling me how brave I am, but I don’t think so. It’s only hair and it will grow back – I don’t have cancer. Some people are not so lucky.”

Liz Davies, of the hospice’s fundraising team, said that Delilah 'such an amazing young lady'.

She said: “She might not think that she’s been particularly brave, but we think she is an inspirational role model for others.

“She has raised a tremendous amount of money for us with her selflessness and this will definitely make a real difference to the lives of local people and their families.”

To see a video of Delilah having her hair shaved off, see the top of the page.