Taking the chop for sick Bradley

Kaitlyn Hildrew with parents Sean and Gemma.
Kaitlyn Hildrew with parents Sean and Gemma.

A THOUGHTFUL schoolgirl is set for the chop as she loses her long locks to raise money for a two-year-old cancer sufferer.

Peterlee girl Kaitlyn Hildrew, eight, will have her waist-length hair cut off to raise money for Blackhall’s Bradley Lowery, who is battling rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

The Shotton Hall Primary School pupil will have her hair cut during a massive children’s Princess and Superheroes Charity Ball that is expected to attract around 1,000 youngsters, at East Durham College, in Peterlee, from 1pm-4pm on Sunday, December 8.

Kaitlyn’s mum Gemma Hubery, of Leven Walk, Peterlee, works as a nursery nurse at the Sunshine Day Nursery, in Peterlee, and the ball is a joint venture between the town’s three Sunshine Day nurseries and Giant Steps nurseries.

Gemma, 35, who is also mum to Rachael Bowley, 12, and five-year-old Sam Hildreth, said: “She has never had her hair short before, so when she said she wanted to cut it to raise money for Bradley, I asked her if she was sure.

“I didn’t want to talk her out of it, but she’s still adamant that she wants to help, and it’s for such a lovely cause.”

The ball is being organised by Kelly Walton, manager of the Sunshine Day Nursery at Seascape school, and her deputy, Becky Turner, who knows Bradley’s family.

Anyone wanting to sponsor Kaitlyn can call into any of the Sunshine Day Nurseries, in O’Neill Drive, or at Seascape Primary School in Ellison Road, or at Dene House Primary, in Manor Way, or ring (0191) 5869222.

Any businesses wishing to donate raffle prizes for the ball, or families wishing to buy tickets, costing £5, can call Becky or Kelly on (0191) 5867767.