Teen shows support for pals' cancer battle with new look
A YOUNG Swans fan who has seen several friends and family members battle cancer in recent years has shown her support for them.
Danielle Salisbury from Cross Hands is hoping to raise £2,000 for Cancer Research Wales after having her hair shaved off.
She has already been promised over £1,400 in donations from relatives, family friends and even total strangers.
Danielle approached the Swans to see how they could support her and ended up being sponsored £10 by club ambassador and former striker Lee Trundle.
Her school friends and even local police officers cheered her on as her mum Kelly cut her hair in her classroom at Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth.
As well as seeing people close to her fight the disease, 13-year-old Danielle sadly lost a close friend to cancer last year.
Another of her schoolmates has recently undergone cancer treatment and is now in remission.
She 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 and 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.
"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 football club has also agreed to feature Danielle's story in their match day programme.
Danielle's mother Kelly 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."
Danielle hopes to host more fundraising events in the future and is planning to take on even bigger charity challenges, such as climbing Mount Snowdon with her aunt.
Laura Hooper, fundraising manager for Cancer Research Wales, said: "It was a very emotional day, and 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."