A PRIMARY schoolgirl has shaved off all her hair for charity after being inspired by a seriously-ill family friend.
And nine-year-old Daisy Edwards immediately leapt on her bike for a six-mile ride after losing her locks, as she raised funds for the National Kidney Federation (NFK).
The youngster, of Ashbourne, decided to take on the challenge in honour of Lee Briddon, who is currently undergoing treatment in hospital for kidney problems.
Lee, 40, of Whatstandwell, has himself raised money for charity in the past but has suffered from kidney disease since childhood and recently had a major operation to deal with complications relating to his dialysis.
Her mum, Gill Edwards, said she and Daisy’s family were “really proud” of her daughter’s achievements.
She said “Daisy is one of the most considerate people I know.
“She’s kind, loyal and very, very thoughtful.
“Daisy is popular with her friends at school and always does her best to please – she’s an inspiration to others and an amazing little girl who we all love fondly.
The schoolgirl had another reason for deciding to raise money in such an innovative way.
Her decision to shave her hair came after she was diagnosed two years ago with psoriasis, a skin condition affecting the scalp.
After treatment for the condition proved largely unsuccessful, Daisy resolved to take action.
She decided the best way to clear up her skin problems would be to have all of her hair shaved off, while raising money for charity at the same time.
Daisy, a pupil at Bradley Primary School, had her head shaved on Saturday, July 19, at Lunar Liftoff play centre in Ashbourne by hairdressers from Kay and Co, before heading to Carsington Water for her bike ride.
Daisy lives with her parents, Tom and Gill Edwards and siblings, Hallam, Billy and Phoebe.
Mrs Edwards said: “We’d like to say a massive thank-you to Claire Mason at Lunar Liftoff, who has been a massive help in organising the event, letting us use the play centre free of charge and organising T-shirts for us to wear on the day.
“The family would also like to thank Kay Platt of Kay and Co for organising a hairdresser, the amazingly talented Eleanor Ross for providing face-painting for the children on the day, all those supporting Daisy and of course, everyone who has donated to her page.”
Daisy has already smashed her original £1000 target, reaching over £1200.
The NFK is a nationwide charity committed to improving the health and quality of life of people living with kidney disease and those at risk. It is run “by kidney patients, for the benefit of kidney patients”.
She is now hoping to raise more than £2000 since shaving her hair.
To donate online, please visit Daisy’s JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/Daisy-Edwards/