It’s hats off to brave Klaudia

Klaudia Robinson
Klaudia Robinson

COURAGEOUS cancer battler teenager Klaudia Robinson came up with a warming idea to raise money for other youngsters struck down with the disease.

The inspirational 11-year-old St Hild’s Secondary School pupil said that after losing her hair as a result of gruelling rounds of chemotherapy she endured, there was not a great choice of hats to wear to hide her hairloss.

So the plucky schoolgirl suggested to her teachers about making hats and selling them, with all proceeds going to Ward 4, the children’s cancer ward at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, and the Butterwick Hospice.

So Klaudia, her fellow pupils, teachers and members of the community set about making winter woolly hats, and buying some in to decorate in a range of different colours and styles.

Their unique collection now boasts 50 hand-customised bonnets.

And some of the hat-making team were heading off to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, today to sell their hand-crafted goods for £3 each, with any left-over hats being given to children with the illness.

Suzanne Sutheran, learning manager at the school, said: “The idea came from Klaudia because she had cancer and she lost her hair. She said there wasn’t a great choice of hats for kids and said she would like to make some and sell for charity. We all got on board and we’ve ended up with a collection of 50 hats.”

She added: “Klaudia is an inspiration to everyone and for her to come up with this idea is just great. “Hopefully we’ll make a good some for the two causes as well.”

Suzanne said some of the teachers and pupil’s relatives helped to make the hats from scratch, while the pupils took on the job of customising some shop-bought woolly hats with sequins, flowers, tassels and other decorations.

Klaudia, who lives in Dowson Road, has featured regularly in the Mail as she underwent intricate surgery to remove a huge cancerous tumour from her ovary that weighed a kilogram and was six inches long.

She was also the guest of honour at the annual Race for Life in June this year, after touching the hearts of the event’s organisers, Cancer Research UK, which sees thousands of women take to the roads to raise funds for victims of the disease.

She is now well on the way to recovery, and hopes her success story will help others in their battles with cancer.