Head shave for toddler

Claire Gooley and Denise Joyce, from Warrington, who shaved their heads
Claire Gooley and Denise Joyce, from Warrington, who shaved their heads

A COUPLE of brave school friends raised more than £1,500 after having their heads shaved in memory of a tragic Wigan girl.

Claire Gooley and Denise Joyce had their locks cut off in memory of Lowton toddler Lucy-May Hudson, who sadly died in her sleep aged just three last year.

The pair were inspired to raise money for The Lullaby Trust, which campaigns to prevent and raise awareness of sudden infant deaths, as Lucy-May’s grandmother Val Mills works with them at Birchwood-based equipment hire company A-Plant.

Claire and Denise, who are both from Warrington and have known each other since childhood, raised nearly £1,600 for The Lullaby Trust after being given the number two shave by hairdresser Linda Coates at the company’s head office.

The employees at A-Plant were so moved by Val’s fund-raising efforts in memory of Lucy-May that they amassed enough votes to ensure The Lullaby Trust became the official charity partner of the MEPC Birchwood Park industrial estate, where the head office is located, for the next 12 months.

With around 5,000 employees working for the companies based on the site, the team at A-Plant has set an ambitious target of around £10,000 from the upcoming charity activities.

Denise, who works as a credit services manager, said: “Val has seen first hand the fantastic work The Lullaby Trust does and the charity has become very close to our hearts.

“Having our hair shaved is a small price to pay when you consider the amount of people the charity supports.”

An inquest found Lucy-May had died from bronchopneumonia which had no outward symptoms her parents could have spotted.

Lucy-May’s family is also currently planning a number of events to raise funds for The Lullaby Trust in her memory, starting with a talent show at Lowton Labour Club in September which is being organised by Val together with her friends Sally and Nicki Walker, who has previously organised a number of events for charity.

For more information about the fund-raising, visit the website www.justgiving.com/LucyMayPrincess