Staff on Amazon children’s ward are in awe of a special young lady’s decision to fundraise for the children being treated at Peterborough City Hospital.
11 year old Poppy Evans, from Castor, has made the brave decision to shave her head today in aid of cancer awareness, following a family member’s diagnosis. “Poppy’s Uncle Kevin sadly passed away from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia last year and it affected everyone in our family,” says Emma Evans, Poppy’s Mum. “Poppy’s sister Georgia decided she wanted to shave her head for charity in December, raising just under £1,500. Poppy felt so inspired after seeing the difference her sister made and she really wants to help those suffering with the disease.”
Poppy is donating her actual hair, along with £450 of the proceeds, to the Little Princess Trust, an organisation that creates wigs from real hair for children with cancer. The remainder of the money raised will be donated to Amazon ward to purchase toys, books and other items that will help make a child’s hospital stay more comfortable.
“We are always humbled when we receive donations,” says Jayne Rootham, Children’s Services Manager, “But even more so when it’s a child going above and beyond, and in Poppy’s case, being super brave, just to make a very valued contribution. We wish her lots of luck for Friday and we’d love to invite her in to tour the ward and see exactly where the money she raises will be spent.”
Poppy has already smashed her fundraising target but is keen to keep encouraging support. You can also donate via her Just Giving page.