Grace Campbell-Garrett had a haircut with a difference last Friday. The eight year old pupil from Chipping Hill Primary School in Witham had her long locks cut at school as part of their fundraising activities for Big Yellow Friday, the national awareness and fundraising day of Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF). Now, not only is a whopping 20 inches of hair being donated to the Little Princess Trust, but Grace has raised over £2,300 for a charity which means a great deal to her.
Determined to do something to help her sister and other ‘children with poorly livers’, Grace not only decided to seek sponsorship for her own hair cut, she persuaded her head teacher to join in too!
“This has all been Grace’s idea” says her mum, Sarah. “She set herself an initial target for £150 and thanks to the support of the school, the word has really spread. She is overwhelmed to have raised almost £2,400. She really enjoyed the whole experience on Friday and is delighted with her new hairstyle!”
The school’s head teacher, Ceri Jones, added: “I am so proud of the effort Grace has made to support Children’s Liver Disease Foundation on behalf of her sister. Whilst the amount raised is amazing I feel the act in itself has greater significance in raising awareness of this illness. The Chipping Hill Primary School community as a whole are very proud of both Grace and Eve.”
Alison Taylor, Chief Executive of CLDF, said: “We are the only UK charity dedicated to fighting all childhood liver diseases and rely almost entirely on voluntary donations so we are delighted and amazed by what Grace has achieved for her sister and other children like her. She looks wonderful with her new hairstyle and we hope she is very proud of herself.”
Anyone who would like to sponsor Grace’s big haircut can still do so on her JustGiving page.