Rhianna Raises Money for Cancer Research
STUDENT Rhianna Tatton volunteered to cut her long hair off to raise money for Cancer Research.
The Year 11 student smashed her £300 target, raising almost £1,000. Local business ‘Salon Shades’ gave their time to cut Rhianna’s hair, offering her free hair treatments for the next six months in support of her amazing achievement.
“I said that I wanted to do something and I wanted it to be something that people would really get behind. I had the idea and then told school that I was going to do it. It was only then that I told my mum – she couldn’t say no once I’d promised to do it.” said Rhianna, 15 “We did it at lunchtime and if any students or staff wanted to come and watch then they had to put their hands in their pockets.”
The GCSE student has spent a lot of her Academy life volunteering for good causes and working closely with the Academy staff as part of the Student Council.
“We have a lot of amazing students that do a lot of amazing things in this Academy and Rhianna is another example of that incredible selflessness. Being an image conscious 15-year old and only a few months away from prom – you wouldn’t think she could be so brave.” said Miss Cunningham, Head of Student Services.
“Rhianna will tell you that it’s nothing compared to how brave those who go through the pain of cancer are. It’s a cause very close to our hearts at the Academy and I know a lot of the students are trying to raise money in whatever way they can.”
Rhianna has been praised from all corners of the Academy and the hall was full for the haircut.
“We support a lot of causes in the Academy, we’ve worked with some great charities to raise awareness and raise money.” said Principal Mr Lowry. “It is something she has discussed with a few of us over a long period of time and she is determined she wants to do this. I’ve warned her not to cut it too short - as in my case, it never grew back.”