A Year 13 pupil at Christ’s Hospital School “Braved the Shave” and went bald on Saturday 29 June, three days after her 18th birthday, in memory of her mum and to raise funds for Kenyan schoolchildren. Lydia Thornhill, who is from Midhurst, lost her mum to cancer five years ago and wanted to shave her hair off to raise awareness for Cancer Research, through Macmillan’s “Brave the Shave” campaign. She is donating her hair to the Little Princess Trust, which provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young people who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other conditions.
All the funds that Lydia raises through her head shave are going to the charity Classrooms for Kenya. Lydia travelled to Kitale in Kenya on 1st July, the day after her head shave, along with a team of 50+ pupils and staff from Christ’s Hospital, on a mission to build six new school buildings for three impoverished schools, over three weeks, in partnership with Classrooms for Kenya.
“Shaving my head for cancer represents an act of solidarity with my mother who passed away,” said Lydia, “But it has also helped me to fundraise towards Classrooms in Kenya; building the classrooms in person seems a really substantial and meaningful way of getting involved and helping Kenyan children.”
If you would like to support Lydia, the link to donate is: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.