In their latest fundraising bid for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston, the 15 young people, known as Liam’s Warriors, had their treasured locks either shaved off or cut short at Room 4 Hairdressers in Plantation Road, Balby.
The 10 boys and 5 girls, who attend McAuley Catholic High School, Balby Carr Community Academy, and Edlington Comprehensive School, have continued the impressive charity work that Liam started before he passed away. Liam was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a malignant form of cancer, in March 2012. During his treatment, which included radiotherapy and chemotherapy, Liam raised over £8000 for the charities that supported him and his family.
Liam’s Warriors, who have raised more than £40,000 to date, are donating their 66 inches of hair to the Little Princess Trust, which provides real wigs and hair pieces for children who suffer hair loss during cancer treatment.
Melanie Rose, Community Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood, said: “It’s no small thing for any teenager to give up their beautiful hair but this shows how determined Liam’s Warriors are to honour and remember their friend and raise as much as they can for all the charities that helped him. All respect from everyone here at Bluebell Wood for going through with such a bold idea.”
Liam’s family stayed in the Forget-Me-Not Suite at Bluebell Wood, one of two purpose-built accommodation suites at South Yorkshire’s only children’s hospice. These end-of-life suites give families the chance to stay with their child after they have passed away, giving them the space and time to say goodbye.
The brave Warriors who had their locks chopped were: