A nine-year-old girl ‘with a heart of gold’ has made a remarkable contribution to Weston Hospicecare by shaving her head to raise much-needed funds.
Madison Olivia Gillett – who goes by the name ‘Mog’ in reference to her initials – said farewell to her long locks in a sponsored shave last week.
And the brave Mendip Green Primary School pupil smashed her original fundraising target of £90 by raising an amazing total of £765.
Mog has even managed to help a second charity too, after Headlines hair salon in Worle – which carried out the shave for free – sent her hair off to the Little Princess Trust to be made into a wig for a young cancer patient.
After the shave, Mog used her JustGiving page to thank sponsors and supporters.
She said: “Well, the ‘big shave’ has been done! Huge thanks to Headlines in Worle for doing it and of course to each and every one of you for your kind donations.
“I am so grateful for all the support, this is the most money I have ever raised in my life.
“A big thanks to the best sister in the world, she is so nice and I couldn’t ask for more. And big thanks to Mum and Dad who have been really amazing help.”
And the youngster’s mum Lydia paid tribute to the selfless actions of her daughter.
Lydia said: “She has got a heart of gold and wants to help anyone she can in any way she can.
“She came up with the idea all by herself.”
Mog has visited Jackson-Barstow House to see firsthand how her money will be used to support people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
And community fundraiser Rachel Mansfield said: “Mog has shown compassion and generosity of spirit beyond her years in making a truly remarkable gesture in support of Weston Hospicecare.
“We could not be more grateful to her for her bravery in raising a fabulous amount of money on our behalf – well done MOG, and thank you from all of us at Weston Hospicecare for supporting our efforts to care for local people.”
Donations can still be made to Madison’s fund by visiting her JustGiving page.