Stranton’s ‘Rapunzel’ has her hair chopped in memory of brave youngster

Summer-Jo holding her hair that was cut off for the fundraising event with(left to right Lorna Johnson of Stranton primary school, hairdesser Joanne Smettem and Summer-Jo's mum Vikki.
Summer-Jo holding her hair that was cut off for the fundraising event with(left to right Lorna Johnson of Stranton primary school, hairdesser Joanne Smettem and Summer-Jo's mum Vikki.
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KIND Summer Jo Reid had her long brown locks chopped short as she remembered a brave youngster who lost a tragic cancer battle.

The 10-year-old Year 6 pupil was Stranton Primary School’s very own Rapunzel with her long brown hair.

Hairdresser Joanne Smettem with Summer-Jo and her mum Nikki.

Hairdresser Joanne Smettem with Summer-Jo and her mum Nikki.

But Summer Jo, who lives in the Whitby Street area of Hartlepool, decided she wanted to get her hair cut short in a bid to raise as much money as possible in memory of Dan Sullivan, the Stranton Primary School pupil who sadly passed away after a fight against acute myeloid leukaemia, an aggressive form or leukaemia, in November last year.

She did exactly that. In the weeks leading up to going for the haircut at Charisma Hair and Beauty, in Miers Avenue, Summer Jo raked in as much sponsorship cash as possible.

And although the exact amount is yet to be confirmed, the school say more than £1,000 has already been raised and the final total is likely to be closer to £2,000.

“Summer Jo has done absolutely amazing,” said Lorna Johnson, parent support advisor at the school, in Southburn Terrace.

Dan Sullivan

Dan Sullivan

“She made the decision herself that she wanted to do this and she went about the fundraising.

“It’s just been so kind of her and everyone involved is so pleased and proud.”

Mrs Johnson was joined by Dan’s mum, Gillian Sullivan, at the salon as Summer Jo got the chop.

And she revealed that just as the hairdresser was about to start, one of Dan’s favourite songs came on the radio.

“We just couldn’t believe it, we all choked up,” admitted Mrs Johnson.

“It was a very emotional day but all of Dan’s family are so grateful to Summer Jo.”

As well as the money that was raised through the sponsored haircut, all of the other pupils at Stranton Primary School played their part.

Neil Nottingham, school headteacher, said: “Dan was a brave, courageous and amazing young boy who will never be forgotten. Summer Jo did a fantastic job.”

All of the money raised will be donated to Believe in Magic, the charity which helped Dan to fulfil his dream of singing on stage with popstar Jessie J.