Rhyl teenager shaves head in support of mum and raises more than £1000 for charity


Suzanne Jordan

A RHYL teenager has shaved her head in support of her mum who is battling cancer and to raise money for charity.

Coral Donachie, aged 14, who attends Ysgol Glan Clwyd, was “astonished” to raise £1190 for Cancer Research UK – more than four times as much of her original target of £300.

Coral, who has two sisters - Yorke, 18, and Bryana, 12, and two brothers, Rhys, 16, and Haydn, 9, decided to take on the challenge after her mum, Adrienne Hartup, was diagnosed with bowel cancer last July.

She had her hair shaved last Thursday by a family friend.

Coral said: “When I realised what I had raised I was so happy - I didn’t even think I would reach my first target.

“Unfortunately my mum wasn’t able to make it on the day. My mum asked her friend to shave it for me as she had personal experiences with the illness; if my mum would have been there it would have been a lot more emotional.

“I am glad I have succeeded to raise so much as it was very important to me - I have seen in the Journal how much of an impact cancer has had on other people.”

Coral, who expressed that she is “getting use to her new look” is now collecting in her sponsor money before sending a cheque off to the charity.

Mrs Hartup, 47, added that she couldn’t be “more proud” of her daughter.

“She has been very brave doing this and the support she has had has been amazing,” she said.

“I am currently on Enfys Ward at Glan Clwyd Hospital after getting an infection following my second round of chemotherapy. I was very emotional when I saw a photo of Coral afterwards.

“We are staying positive and looking forward to August when I should get my last chemo. I want to say a massive thank you to everyone on Enfys ward as the staff are fantastic.

“Hopefully Coral’s fundraising will help towards the vital research needed to eventually
get rid of this horrid disease.”

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