Old Catton Mother and her daughter raise money for special children’s charity

Suzanne Rice, 37, shaved her hair to support her daughter, Chloe, through chemotherapy and raise mon

Suzanne Rice, 37, shaved her hair to support her daughter, Chloe, through chemotherapy and raise money for charity. Photo: Suzanne Rice - Credit: Archant

A mother, whose daughter has a rare form of cancer, has shaved her hair to support her daughter and raise money for charity.

Chloe Rice, 17, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in August. Photo: Suzanne Rice

Chloe Rice, 17, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in August. Photo: Suzanne Rice - Credit: Archant

Chloe Rice, 17, was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma on August 30.

When her hair started thinning as a result of chemotherapy her mother, Suzanne Rice, 37, decided to shave off her hair to support her daughter and raise money for charity at the time.

The pair set up a JustGiving page and have since raised £887 for the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides wigs for children who lose their hair due to illness.

Mrs Rice said: 'Little Princess Trust is a very small charity that really needs the money to support the children and it's not just for children that have cancer it's for any child that needs support with any illness where they lose their hair.'

'That's why we thought it just goes hand in hand with shaving our hair.'

Mrs Rice said the news of Chloe's diagnosis in August was 'devastating'.

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She said: 'I was devastated, absolutely devastated.

'The worst thing for me was we were sitting waiting to go into the [doctor's] room and I honestly thought I was going to drop dead, I couldn't breathe my heart was pounding, I've never ever felt like that before, it was the worst ever feeling.

'As soon as that door was open, we saw how the seats were sitting and we knew.

'But its one of those things, we're going to get through it and she's strong, she's doing well and she's fighting it.'

She said the messages of support they had received off the back of the JustGiving campaign and from friends and colleagues had been a huge help.

'We had a lot of people who didn't know what was happening so we were getting messages through and that was really lovely,' she said.

As well as the JustGiving campaign the Lime Tree Nursery, where Mrs Rice works, ran a week of fancy dress last week to raise money for the charity and Chloe's dad, Carl Rice, is running the London Marathon in April for the charity Children with Cancer.

The pair are now keen to raise awareness of the disease and make others aware of the importance of checking for vital signs.

'If you have a little lump get it checked,' Suzanne said.

You can donate to Suzanne and Chloe's JustGiving page via this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/SuzanneShavingHead

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