No hair Claire raises cash for Summer’s cancer fund

A school mentor has raised thousands of pounds for a pupil battling neuroblastoma by having her head shaved.

Sunday, 13th April 2014, 9:00 am
Summer and Paige Allen with Jacob Simpson and Claire Shields, learning mentor at Castlefields School, Rastrick.

Claire Shields, who works at Castlefields Infant School in Rastrick, took on the challenge to help fund treatment for five-year-old Summer Allen.

In a special class assembly, she had her hair removed by stylist Amanda Hardcastle.

“I was trying to come up with something to raise a little bit of money, and came up with the idea of having my head shaved,” said Claire.

“It is not a big deal. Summer said ‘Don’t worry. It will grow back just like mine’.

“Family and friends have been really supportive and local businesses have been incredibly generous donating money and prizes for the raffle, so we can’t thank them enough.”

Summer was diagnosed with the aggressive form of cancer in 2011 and underwent months of various treatments and somehow pulled through.

However, in January her parents found another lump on her head. After a series of tests, they found out Summer’s lump was also neuroblastoma and she had suffered a relapse. The cancer is not only in her head but in her legs and hips.

Parents Sarah and David have looked into other treatments in the world but they can cost up to £500,000.

Head teacher Gemma Elliott said: “Summer and her sister Paige have been with us since nursery and we have been with the family for the whole journey. When Claire said she was going to do this we said she was mad and very brave but the bravest person here is Summer.”

Mum Sarah added: “We are so grateful for the support and donations from the school.”