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Nidderdale youngster cuts hair for poorly children

Nidderdale youngster cuts hair for poorly children

Published at 3:15pm 9th February 2016. (Updated at 3:51pm 9th February 2016)

An eight-year-old girl from Pateley Bridge has raised over £500 for Harrogate's Special Care Baby Unit and also helped a charity which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer treatment.

Phoebe Kendall's long hair has always been her pride and joy, but just before Christmas, she asked her hairdresser to cut it shorter so that she could donate hair to the Little Princess Trust.

As this was such a big change for Phoebe, she also decided to ask people to sponsor her in aid of the Special Care Baby Unit.

Phoebe said: "I wanted my hair to go to someone who didn't have any, as I would be very sad not to have hair. When Mummy's friend said about being sponsored, I wanted to help babies on Special Care.

"Harrogate Hospital has looked after me and my brother when we have been poorly on the children's ward."

Phoebe's mum, Louise, added: "I am so proud of my daughter. Her hair has always been her pride and joy, and it was a struggle to get her to have a trim! So when the night before her 'trim' appointment she said she would like to have a 'big' cut to send hair to little girls with no hair, I was lost for words.

"My friend suggested she was sponsored to do it, to which she said she wanted to raise money for poorly babies at the hospital. Her aim was to raise £100, so to raise over £500, she is ecstatic. Everyone who knows Phoebe knows what her hair means to her, so this is a massive gift for her to give!"

Phoebe's hairdresser, Kate Marshall, was delighted to have the honour of cutting Phoebe's hair following her own experience of the Special Care Baby Unit.

She said: "I was privileged to be asked to cut Phoebe's hair as she was donating it to the Little Princess Trust and wanted to raise money for SCBU, which is very close to my heart due to giving birth to my twins 13 weeks early and then spending 14 weeks in three different special care units getting incredibly cared for.

"The staff at the unit are amazing. They really don't get enough credit for the long, demanding hours that they put in."

David Fisher, Community and Events Fundraiser at Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity, added: "Thanks to the amazing support of people like Phoebe, Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity is able to provide funds to pay for specialist equipment, research and patient and family support services that would otherwise not be there, making a real difference to patients and their families when they need it most.

"Phoebe is an inspirational young lady, and we are very grateful for her kindness and thoughtfulness towards others. We would like to thank Phoebe and everyone who has sponsored her for their fantastic support."

Anyone who would like to support Phoebe's fundraising can make a donation at www.justgiving.com/Phoebe-kendall2