Youngster’s poignant act for nan

Young fundraiser Catherine Penman (also known as Kitty), eight, from Up Holland, has raised over �900 for Pancreatic Cancer UK charity, as she was sponsored to cut off her long hair, she donated the hair to Little Princess charity who makes wigs, all in memory of her Nan Pauline.
Young fundraiser Catherine Penman (also known as Kitty), eight, from Up Holland, has raised over �900 for Pancreatic Cancer UK charity, as she was sponsored to cut off her long hair, she donated the hair to Little Princess charity who makes wigs, all in memory of her Nan Pauline.

A mum has spoken of her pride after her young daughter raised £900 for charity by having her long locks cut short in memory of her nan.

Rachel Penman, who is originally from St Helens but now lives in Up Holland, set up an online fund-raising page to help her daughter Catherine, who is known to friends and family as Kitty, with her charity campaign.

Kitty has been really brave, because she’s always had quite long hair and cutting it so short is a huge thing for a little girl to decide to do

Kitty’s mum Rachel

Kitty, eight, had her hair chopped into a short bob in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK because her grandma Pauline Penman died after a short battle with the illness 10 years ago.

She also donated the hair to Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children who have become bald due to conditions ranging from alopecia to cancer.

Having originally set a target of £200 Kitty and her family have been astonished by the success of the fund-raising, with Rachel even renewing acquaintance with old friends from her hometown through the campaign.

Rachel, 36, said: “The response on social media has been unbelievable. There’s even been people from St Helens who I went to school with but haven’t seen for 20 years getting in touch and giving money.

“Kitty has been really brave, because she’s always had quite long hair and cutting it so short is a huge thing for a little girl to decide to do.

“She never knew her nan but we try to keep her memory alive. My husband David and I said we should mark the 10 years since she died but then Kitty said she wanted to do something.”

Kitty, who attends St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School in Up Holland, had her hair cut at salon Route 66, with some of the regulars coming over to donate money while she was there.

She had her hair cut short at the start of the summer holidays so it will have partly grown back in time for term beginning in September.

Rachel says the family is now considering doing other fund-raising events, with their next charity activity likely to be the Liverpool Santa Dash just before Christmas.

To find out more or donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Rachel-Penman