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Darlington teen gives more than £1,000 to children's hospice after shaving head
A TEENAGER handed over more than £1,000 to a children’s hospice after shaving her head in memory of a friend who died there.
Darlington girl Katie Dewar, 15, shaved her long hair off during a summer fete at the town’s St Matthew’s and St Luke’s Church in July.
The Longfield Academy pupil decided to raise funds for the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Sheffield after losing her 14-year-old friend Abigail Fleming to cancer last April.
Last week, she handed the proceeds from her head shave - a cheque for £1,667.11 - to staff at the hospice.
Her father, Mark Dewar, said: “We are so proud of her. She only thought she would raise a few hundred pounds but managed to raise much more.
“It’s important to support places like this hospice because they do such good work and manage to create a happy atmosphere.
“She is the type of person who will try to do something like this regularly and her friend’s family were surprised and pleased with how much she raised.
“Abigail would have been very proud of her.”
Members of Katie’s family gathered together with some of Abigail’s relatives to watch the cheque being handed to staff last Thursday, August 29.
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