Brave 14-year-old Lincoln student Keavie-Jaye Allison made an outstanding contribution among groups and individuals in the city raising money for BBC’s Children in Need charity, on Friday November 15.
Family and friends gathered at Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School during their lunch break to support Keavie-Jaye as she lost her seven inch ponytails.
After setting a goal of £350, Keavie-Jaye and her family were thrilled when the final total amounted to over £470.
In addition to raising donations for Children in Need, Keavie-Jaye also donated her golden locks to Little Princess Trust, who provide wigs for children suffering from hair loss.
“I was very excited in the run up to it,” said Keavie. “When I sat in the chair and saw all the people looking at me I wasn’t even nervous.
“I did cry a little bit when the first plait came off, but to be honest I think it was because I had just realised what a massive thing I was doing, and suddenly felt emotional.
“The main reason I chose Children in Need is because my older sister and I have been part time carers for our mum for a while. I felt that I was giving something back for the help we have had in the past.
“I wanted to help a wide range of people suffering from hair loss, whether it’s from alopecia or cancer. I have also found out recently that it’s the same charity Jesse J donated her hair to!”
Keavie-Jaye and her family have seen much encouragement and support in the lead-up to the event, both on their charity Facebook page and the JustGiving page, which will remain open for a few more weeks.
Headteacher Mr Wright helped to snip off the first plait while Keavie also had the help of Head of Year Mr Fraggle. Lending the scissors was Betta from A Cut Above salon in Lincoln.
“I am so pleased that I beat the target,” said Keavie. “I am very proud of myself, even if it does feel a bit cold now!”
Keavie’s mum, Rachael Allison, helped raise awareness and support through the charity Facebook page. “Proud’ doesn’t even begin to express how I feel”, she said.
“Keavie has always been a selfless type of person, and is always happiest when she is doing something for someone else.
“We have had so much support from people, the school have been fantastic, and lots of people donated – some that we don’t even know!
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that donated from the bottom of our hearts. Children In Need is a brilliant charity and I am extremely pleased that my daughter chose to be involved with that.”
If you wish to donate to Children in Need through Keavie-Jaye’s charity page, you still do so for a few more weeks. Visit the page here.