Snettisham schoolgirl braves chop and raises funds in support of gran with cancer

Liz Horspole and her grand daughter, Chloe Richardson. Picture: Arran Woodcock

Liz Horspole and her grand daughter, Chloe Richardson. Picture: Arran Woodcock - Credit: Archant

When Chloe Richardson's grandmother had to have her hair shorn as part of cancer treatment, the 12-year-old wanted to do all she could to show her support.

So the Snettisham youngster immediately pledged to have her hair cut short as a fund raiser for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn.

Her initial target of £250 was reached within two days and now £1,000 is a possibility.

Chloe has since decided to make the sponsored haircut part of a bigger event so it will be done at the end of a coffee morning and raffle on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7.

Snettisham Royal British Legion, in School Road, has waived the hire fee for its hall to enable the youngster to make as much money as possible for QEH's Shouldham Ward and chemotherapy room charitable funds.

Liz Horspole, 58, and also from Snettisham, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in January soon after finding a lump under her arm, but has been heartened by her granddaughter's efforts.

Chloe's proud mum, Sam Rix, said: 'When Mum was diagnosed, we sat Chloe down and told her that Nanna was going to lose her hair through the treatment.

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'Chloe said she couldn't do anything to help mum so this was a way she could help other people in future. She also wanted to lose her hair too, for moral support for mum.

'Chloe's organised everything herself. Just to have the haircut is a big deal for someone her age. She's a quiet child but if she wants to do something, she will do it.'

Staff and pupils at Snettisham Primary School, where Chloe attended until last summer, and her current school - Smithdon High in Hunstanton – have pledged support, as have colleagues of Chloe's at Pelicans Hockey Club in King's Lynn, Snettisham Cricket Club and Sandringham Church Choir.

Chloe wrote on her JustGiving page: 'Cancer is unfortunately something that most of us will be affected by, it may be a family member or friend. It really is important we help with however much you can afford to help with resources, care and treatment locally.'

She has an online JustGiving page for donations to Shouldham Ward here.

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