Schoolgirls have heads shaved to raise money for children with cancer

Patcham High students Lilia Dunn, Holly Holdsworth and Lola Rodericks had their heads shaved for charity
Patcham High students Lilia Dunn, Holly Holdsworth and Lola Rodericks had their heads shaved for charity

Three Year 7 students from Patcham High School took part in a sponsored head shave in their school assembly today (July 9), raising cash for children with kidney cancer.

Lilia Dunn, Holly Holdsworth and Lola Rodericks, who are all 12, are raising money for Bethany’s Wish, and to date have raised £2,000.

Lola, Holly, Lilia with staff from the Lad's Mile barbers

Lola, Holly, Lilia with staff from the Lad's Mile barbers

The friends donated their hair to the Little Princess Trust, the charity that provides free wigs for children who’ve lost their hair because they are undergoing chemotherapy.

The three all have their different reasons for getting involved.

Lola decided to take on the challenge in memory of a close friend who died from cancer on Lola’s 9th 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.”

Lilia, Holly and Lola before the charity head shave

Lilia, Holly and Lola before the charity head shave

Lilia says she was inspired to get her locks shorn by the death of her grandmother from cancer when she was just three.

She said: “She went through chemotherapy and lost her hair. I never really got to know her but my dad’s always talking about her and I wanted to do something similar for cancer.”

As for Holly she simply says she has always wanted to ‘do something nice for someone else’.

The friends all had hair that fell well over their shoulders, and Lilia says it is likely to take up to four years for hers to grow back to the length it is now.

The staff from the Lad’s Mile, the barbers opposite the school gates, were on hand to make sure the haircuts are short and sweet.

To donate visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lola-rodericks