BALLYMENA Academy pupil Emily Agnew ‘Braved the Shave’ for Macmillan Cancer Support on Wednesday past (October 17).
Supported by family, close friends and pupils in a packed school assembly hall, Emily showed incredible bravery and empathy with cancer sufferers, by allowing her hair to be shaved for this worthwhile cause.
Emily has been passionate about the cause after becoming conscious of cancer affecting wider family members and other people in the community.
Emily commented: “I was struck by someone who had previously ‘Braved the Shave’ and who had said that their motivation was because of the people who didn’t get a choice in losing their hair. I wanted to show that there is so much more that we all can do.”
Emily expressed thanks to all who had supported her, both financially and with encouraging comments. She also wanted to thank Orla O’Boyle of ‘Sitting Room Hairdressing’ in Ballymena, who very kindly donated her time to shave Emily’s hair on the day.
Along with the money raised, the hair itself will be donated to the ‘Little Princess Trust’ for use in creating wigs for cancer sufferers, who lose their own hair during the challenging treatments which they courageously face.
School Principal, Mr. Stephen Black, said: “Emily’s commitment to raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support is a wonderful example to other pupils and the wider community.”
He went on to say, “When Emily and her parents made the request, we were delighted to be able support her in this fundraising activity. The school has a long tradition of charitable work and raises thousands of pounds annually for such causes.”
Fundraising related to the event has currently raised over £2,500 and continues to rise. Donations continue to be collected via Emily's ‘Just Giving’ page at www.justgiving.com/ Emily-Agnew1