Nine-year-old girl prepares to cut hair for hospice

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DSC_0425 A schoolgirl is cutting off her long locks to raise money for North London Hospice which supported her terminally ill grandmother. Pictured: Cidney, grandma Melinda and sister Annie. Nine-year-old Cidney Miller, of Leicester Road, Barnet, will have her brown hair cut to a short bob to say a special thank you to North London Hopsice for taking care of her grandmother, Melinda Lewis. Cidney recognised the difference the hospice had made to her grandmother’s last days and she wanted to give something back. Cidney, who attends Lyonsdown School, said: “I just wanted to do something different. I saw how brave Grandma was when she was going through treatment and losing her hair and this is nothing compared to that. Grandma was still alive when I told her I wanted to cut my hair off. She cried. She would have been very proud. “All my school friends are really excited. They have all been really supportive and sponsored me.” To begin with, Cidney and her mother, Nicola Miller, thought £500 was a realistic fundraising target. However, Cidney has exceeded all expectations and has so far raised nearly £4000 – an incredible sum which will make a huge difference to the hospice which cares for terminally ill patients. Mum Nicola, a local florist, said: “We are all very proud of Cidney it is a very admirable thing to do. The response from friends and family so far has been overwhelming.” Melinda died of bowel cancer aged 63 in June 2012. The family say they have been touched by the support the hospice provided during a very hard time. “If you have to experience something like that,the hospice was the best environment to be in,” Nicola added. “The nurses looked after mum as if she was family. The hospice touched a big bit of our hearts. They are pure angels. That is the only way you can describe them.” Cidney’s haircut will take place on Sunday 18 November. This is an important day for the family as it is the Jewish celebration of Mitzvah – a day dedicated to doing good deeds. DSC_0859Cidney will then donate her hair to Little Princesses, a charity which makes real-hair wigs for children across the UK and Ireland that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment. Cidney said: “Grandma used to have a lot of wigs and so I thought a child with cancer could use one too.” To sponsor Cidney please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CidneyMiller

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