A primary school teacher in Hartlepool is going to extreme lengths to raise funds to support of a pupil battling cancer.
West View Primary School teacher Dewi Tidball will shave off her long locks on Friday to show support for 10-year-old pupil Elly-Mae Waugh, who was diagnosed with leukaemia over the summer.
So far Mrs Tidball has raised around £550 of the £1,500 she is hoping to raise for CLIC Sargent - a charity set up to support families who have children undergoing cancer treatment.
Mrs Tidball, 25, had grown her hair especially for her wedding last month to her new husband Lloyd, and had planned to have a modest trim once her big day was over.
But her plans changed when she heard Year Six pupil Elly-Mae, from Jones Road, West View, had been diagnosed with cancer.
She said: “I was growing my hair for my wedding and had been planning to get it cut short, and, because it was so long, donate it to the Little Princess Trust.
“When I heard about Elly-Mae, I just decided to go the whole hog and get it shaved to raise funds and support children and young people affected by cancer.”
Andy Brown, headteacher of West View Primary, said: “Clearly, everyone at the school was saddened to hear about Elly-Mae, and we hope that she makes a speedy and full recovery.
“Dewi is among the many people in the school who have been touched by Elly Mae’s situation, and it is very brave and unselfish of her to have her head completely shaved for such a worthy cause.”
Mrs Tidball, originally from Derby, has been a teacher at West View for more than three years.
She will donate her hair to Little Princess Trust - a charity that provides real-hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland who have lost their own hair following cancer treatment.
Elly-Mae’s father, Dean Waugh, said she is doing well, and the family plan to go along to watch the shave on Friday.
“She is doing great at the moment,” he said.
“She hasn’t been to school yet, but we are planning to go down there so she can spend an hour with the other kids and watch the shave. It’s fantastic what Dewi is doing - she is a great woman.”
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