Cross Hands teen shaves head for Cancer Research Wales
A KIND-HEARTED teenager from Cross Hands had her long hair shorn to support a special charity close to her heart.
Danielle Salisbury had her head shaved in front of all her closest friends, teachers and local police officers in her Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth classroom.
The 13-year-old's classmates cheered her on during the bold fundraising efforts, while her mum Kelly did the honours.
The youngster chose to raise funds for Cancer Research Wales because several friends and family members have battled cancer in recent years.
Sadly, Danielle also lost a close friend to cancer last year, and another of her schoolmates has recently undergone cancer treatment and is now in remission.
Danielle said: "I just want to raise as much money as possible, to help people who are fighting cancer and show my support for the work that Cancer Research Wales are doing to try to find a cure. Going round asking for sponsorship has been hard, but everyone I've spoken to has been really supportive — cancer is something that affects so many people."
Danielle hopes to raise £2,000 for the good cause and has already been promised over £1,400 in donations from relatives, family friends and even total strangers.
And the avid Swansea City fan approached the football club to see how they could support her efforts, and ended up being sponsored £10 by club legend Lee Trundle.
She commented: "I go to all the Swansea City matches, so it was amazing to meet Lee.
"He said he thinks I'm brave and kissed me on the cheek, I'm well chuffed!"
The Premier League club also kindly agreed to feature Danielle's story in their Lloyds TSB Premier League match programmes.
Danielle's mum, Kelly Salisbury, said: "Cancer has touched a few lives in our family, and Danielle has taken it upon herself to help Cancer Research Wales to reduce the impact of this terrible disease.
"When I was her age, I organised a fundraising event at school for a cancer charity, but it was hardly on this scale! She's a very thoughtful girl and I'm so proud of her."
The youngster now hopes to host more fundraising events in the future and is planning to take on even bigger charity challenges, such as climbing Snowdon with her aunt.
Fundraising manager for Cancer Research Wales Laura Hooper said it was a very emotional day.
She said: "It is an honour to count such a dedicated, daring young woman among our supporters. We are incredibly grateful to Danielle and all of her sponsors for helping us give hope to people suffering with cancer here in Wales."