October 23 2014 Latest news:
Saturday, July 19, 2014
A Lowestoft youngster has had her flowing locks cut in memory of her grandmother who died from cancer.
Sky Bulbul, 11, had 8in of her hair trimmed off in front of her friends at Northfield St Nicholas School to help other children with their cancer treatment.
Her cut hair will be sent off to the Little Princess Trust charity, which provides real-hair wigs to boys and girls in the UK and Ireland who have lost their hair through cancer treatment.
Sky decided to have her hair cut as a fitting tribute to her grandmother, Denise Magee, who died 16 years ago from cancer.
As well as sending off her hair to the Little Princess Trust, the kind-hearted youngster also organised for the school to fund-raise in aid of the Christie Hospital in Manchester, where her grandmother was treated. As a result, she raised about £230 in sponsorship for the hospital.
After her haircut, Sky said: “I just woke up one day and decided I should do something to help children with cancer. My nan died from cancer and everyone knows someone who has it.
“I just wanted to do something to help and having my hair cut seemed like a good idea. I was a bit nervous, but I like my new hairstyle.”
Sky’s hair was cut by hairdresser Sam White and her mother, Gemma Bulbul.
Her eight-year-old sister, Fatma, who is also a pupil at the school, was among those watching as her flowing locks were trimmed.
Mrs Bulbul, 32, of Tennyson Road, said: “I am proud of Sky, so proud of her. Not many children wake up and say ‘I want to do something to help others’. She is just amazing.”
Teacher Claire Rough said: “It is amazing what Sky has done.
“She’s very brave to have her hair cut in front of other pupils. She did very well.”
Pupils decided to support the Christie Hospital after Sky asked the school council to organise fund-raising events in support of it.
The Christie Hospital has been pioneering cancer research breakthroughs for more than 100 years and is the largest cancer centre in Europe, treating more than 40,000 patients a year.
■ For more on the Little Princess Trust, visit www.littleprincesses.org.uk