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Little girls chops off her locks for charity

Poppy Forth, of Nunsthorpe, wanted to follow in her great-grandad’s footsteps as he was a great supporter of Grimsby hospital.

 The plucky fundraiser not only raised £213 for the Health Tree Foundation’s Pink Rose fund but she also donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust.

 Poppy said: “I really wanted to do this for my great-grandad and the Pink Rose suite. He used to raise money for local cancer patients and I decided I wanted to help people as well. Also it means I won’t have to sit on my hair anymore as it doesn’t touch my bum! ”

 Her great-grandad – Charles ‘Chuck’ Tear – was diagnosed with lung cancer and died just two weeks later at Grimsby hospital in February. He was a supporter of the hospital having held the position of chairman of the Grimsby and District Cancer Action Group in 1983. It raised money for various pieces of equipment including an ultrasound scanner, a laser knife and mammography equipment costing £40,000.

 Poppy’s mum Colleen Tear said: “I am extremely proud of my daughter. I’ve had a few tears just thinking about how kind she has been.”

 Lauren Alexander, community champion for HTF added: “It’s amazing that Poppy wanted to follow in her great-grandad’s footsteps and raise money for local cancer patients. She really is such an inspiration at such a young age.”

 If you would like to organise your own sponsored event for Grimsby Hospital, please get in touch with Lauren Alexander on 03033 30415 or


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