Ebony’s long locks to get the chop for charity

PUBLISHED: 14:58 10 July 2013 | UPDATED: 08:35 16 July 2013

Ebony Ford with her nan Pat Watson.

Ebony Ford with her nan Pat Watson.


11-year-old inspired by her nan to raise money for local cancer charity.

A young fundraiser will be chopping off her long locks to help in the battle against cancer after her nanny was diagnosed with the disease.

Ebony Ford, who is aged just 11, plans to shave her head on August 3 to raise money for local cancer charity Force.

The Honiton Primary School pupil was inspired by her nan, Pat Watson, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer earlier this year and has under gone radiotherapy treatment.

“My nan was recently diagnosed with cancer and a friend of my mum’s was diagnosed which made me realise how bad cancer can be – I wanted to show my support,” says Ebony.

Ebony has been giving it lots of thought and was spurred on after seeing singer Jessie J shave her head for Comic Relief.

“I am quite excited to do it,” she added. “I don’t feel nervous about it as I have been thinking about it for a long time. I really want to do it.

“I want to raise as much money as I can.”

Ebony, who has spent the last two years growing her hair, is also hoping to donate it to charity.

Hairdresser Lisa Bevan of Hair by John will be donating her mornings work to help Ebony.

Local businesses in the town have already agreed to help the young fundraiser by having collection boxes in their stores. Any business interested in helping her can contact her mum, Chrissie, on chrissi.seward@yahoo.co.uk

To sponsor Ebony, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EbonyFord. Collection boxes are also located in The Paper Shop, Honiton Toy Shop, and Windmill Garage.

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