Billington teen hands over head-shave cash to hospice

Hannah Croston presents the cheque to Denise Gee
Hannah Croston presents the cheque to Denise Gee

A Billington teenager has handed over a cheque to East Lancashire Hospice after raising money by having her long hair cut.

Former St Augustine’s High School pupil, Hannah Croston decided she wanted to do something to help provide funds for patient care at the hospice and didn’t do things by halves – she had her long hair cut and shaved completely at Kelly Hughes Hairdressers, Whalley.

The 17-year-old had her locks plaited before being chopped off, so that they could be sent to a charity which makes wigs for cancer sufferers. Friends watched as Hannah said goodbye to her hair, which was around 24 inches long. It only took around 20 minutes of chopping and shaving the hair, which took 10 years to grow, before her new look was complete. Hannah managed to raise £800 in the process.

She decided to help in memory of her grandfather, Tommy, who died after suffering with cancer aged 75. He was a patient at the hospice. At the time, Hannah said: “I decided to get my head shaved on what would have been my granddad’s birthday so I think it was meant to be.”

Hannah’s proud mum, Andrea, said: “Hannah was determined when she decided what to do and when she told me I felt so proud and think it is a brilliant thing to have done to raise money for a local charity. We have lost so many family members to cancer. The East Lancashire Hospice are absolutely fabulous.”

Fund-raising manager at the hospice Sharon Crymble said: “Hannah was only 16 years old when she did this and we are so pleased she chose to raise money for the hospice.

“I have talked to a number of our patients about what Hannah has done and they are very impressed that a young lady of her age has taken these steps to help local people to be cared for.”