Nine-year old Abbie raises money for Hospice in memory of her Aunt

A 9 year old girl has raised hundreds of pounds for Willowbrook Hospice by having her long locks chopped off.

Abbie Birch from St Helens raised more than £330 for the hospice, in memory of her auntie Kerrie who was cared for at Willowbrook before losing her brave battle against Ovarian cancer on 1 May 2011, aged just 24.

Abbie’s father Paul said: “I can’t praise the staff and volunteers at Willowbrook Hospice enough for the way they looked after Kerrie and the rest of our family. Nothing was ever too much trouble and the team at Willowbrook did everything they could to make the last few weeks of her life as happy and comfortable as possible.

“Abbie was only a baby when we lost Kerrie but she was the apple of her eye. She loved ‘the bones’ of her. We’ve always kept the memory of Kerrie alive but it was Abbie who made the decision that she wanted to have her hair cut to help raise money for Willowbrook. “

Abbie had been growing her hair for several months before having her waist length hair cut to a trendy new bob at local salon ‘Dream Tan’.

Paul continues: “We’re so proud of her and what she’s achieved. Kerrie’s favourite saying was ‘it’s amazing!’…and that’s exactly what Abbie is ..AMAZING!”

kerrie Natalie paul and ashleigh
abbie with paul and emma

Abbie who attends Sutton Oak Primary School, also donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children with cancer.

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