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Leeds schoolgirls shaved their heads for fundraiser

Molly Neesam-White (left) and Jessica Bevan had their heads shaved for Cancer Research UK.

Molly Neesam-White (left) and Jessica Bevan had their heads shaved for Cancer Research UK.

TWO BRAVE youngsters proved they were a cut above as they had their heads shaved in front of their school friends.

Best friends Jessica Bevan and Molly Neesam-White, aged 11, decided to take part in the hair-raising event for a cause close to both their hearts.

Jessica’s great-grandfather Leonard Moss died of bowel cancer a couple of years ago while Molly’s aunt Sue Higginbottom died of throat cancer.

Molly’s aunt Glenys White has also been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.

In a bid to raise money for research into the disease, the brave schoolgirls have joined forces to fundraise for Cancer Research UK.

The daring headshave took place during a special assembly at their school – Summerfields Primary – on Monday, June 23.

The duo also donated their ponytails to the Little Princess Trust.

The children’s cancer charity provides free, real-hair wigs to youngsters who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

Speaking about the head shave, Jessica, from Farnley, said: “It was fun. It was nice to have Molly there – she’s my best friend.

“She got upset half way through but I think it was shock because she loves her hair and isn’t really used to having her hair cut short.

“I wanted to do the head shave because we have lost quite a few people to cancer, so it’s something that I care a lot about.”

Jessica’s mother Julie Bevan, from Farnley, said: “It went really well.

“They were both really brave and everyone says their new haircuts suit them.”

Molly, from Bramley, said: “I was a bit nervous but I felt better after it was over.

“I knew I was doing it for a good cause, so that kept me going.”

Molly’s mother, Julie Neesam-White, said: “It couldn’t have gone any better. All of the kids were amazing.

“Molly was a bit nervous but it’s not as bad as she thought. It actually suits both girls.”

She added: “A couple of the teachers – Miss Bright and Miss Debroise – had just got over cancer themselves and they said they were really proud of them and if it wasn’t got girls like them, they wouldn’t be there now.”

Jessica and Molly will also tackle the Race for Life event at Temple Newsam in Leeds on Saturday, June 29, to boost the fundraising total. So far they have raised over £600.

To sponsor them, visit www.justgiving.com/jessicabevan/ or www.justgiving.com/Molly-Neesam-white/.

 

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