‘Lauren made us so proud’

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CARING Lauren Emerson made her mum “so proud” when she donated 11 inches of her beautiful long hair on her 11th birthday to make wigs for children with cancer.

This selfless act and raising £500 for other sick children has earned Lauren the first nomination in this year’s Pride of Hartlepool Awards.

Lauren’s cousin suffers from leukaemia which prompted her fundraising drive.

She told her mum, Donna, that she believed that children losing their hair was “losing some of their identity” and she wanted to help to “make them smile again”.

After finding out about the hair donation and knowing her own locks would grow back, she had 11 inches cut from her 16-inch long hair.

It was Lauren’s mum, Donna, 31, of Snowdrop Road, in Bishop Cuthbert, Hartlepool, who nominated her for an award in the Fundraiser of the Year category.

Donna, 31, who works from home as a marker of distant learning papers, said: “Lauren made me so proud doing such a brave thing. She loved curling her hair and was proud of it.

“I don’t know many children her age who would dream of doing this. I have one special little girl.”

Lauren, lives with her mum and dad, Andy, 33, an electrician, and has a younger brother Kristian, aged 11, and sister Savannah, aged two.

As well as donating her hair to the Little Princess Trust, she has also raised a whopping £500 for Capital Child which helps other sick youngsters with an internet campaign.

Lauren is our first nomination – but we want to hear about other worthy nominees.

This year there are 10 categories in which you can nominate the unsung heroes in the town.

Whether you know a fantastic fundraiser or a community stalwart, we want to hear all about those who deserve praise and have done something special.

Simply fill in the form online or on tablet by following the link below.

The deadline for entries is February 27.

Anyone wanting further information about the Pride of Hartlepool Awards should contact the Mail’s deputy editor, Gavin Foster, on (01429) 239372 or email gavin.foster@jpress.co.uk

Click here for a nomination form