Gracie’s Close Shave for Charity

A brave ten-year-old from Sutton Coldfield has had her long locks shaved off for charity declaring: “It’s only hair, it will grow back!”

Gracie Burr with mum Lucy

Gracie Burr with mum Lucy

Since making the pledge, Gracie Burr has raised more than £3500 for St Giles Hospice and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust – two charities close to her heart.

The youngster braved the shave at Mere Green Primary School yesterday (Monday, 10th July). Supporters were so impressed with Gracie’s fundraising idea that they donated a host of top raffle prizes for the event including a brand new computer.

Proud mum Lucy said:

“Gracie was absolutely adamant she wanted to shave all her hair off to raise as much money as she could.

“She chose the two charities because her friend’s nan died of cancer recently and she was cared for at St Giles. Gracie has also grown up with my best friend’s son who has cystic fibrosis so the charities are both close to our hearts.

“When Gracie told us what she was planning we were amazed. We couldn’t believe our daughter was offering to do something so selfless, especially at her age. She’s just been really focused and brave about the whole thing.”

Gracie, the eldest of three girls, said:

“It’s hard for people who have to go through really sad times so I want to raise as much as I can. I’m lucky – it’s only hair and it will grow back. I’ve got some pretty hats and headbands to wear until then.”

Gracie’s selfless act has bowled over both teachers and charity staff.

Sarah Clark, community fundraiser at St Giles Hospice, said:

“We’re blown away by Gracie’s incredible act of kindness. I know how much little girls prize their long hair so I was amazed when I found out a ten year old had chosen to have hers shaved off.

“We rely on the generosity of people like Gracie to fund the wide range of services that St Giles offers so we’d like to thank her from the bottom of our hearts.”