scenes as Lauren makes surprise visit at hospital fundraiser
were emotional scenes at a Burnham-On-Sea teenager's fundraising
head shave on Saturday (January 10th) when the cousin he's helping
made a surprise visit from her hospital bed.
Tandy, 17, right, is currently receiving treatment for
cancer at Bristol Children's Hospital but wanted to show her support
for her cousin James, 18, who is raising funds for the hospital's
Gromit Grand Appeal.
a special surprise on her 17th birthday, Lauren was driven by
ambulance from Bristol to watch the fundraiser in Highbridge.
were emotional scenes when she arrived in her wheelchair in Asda's
foyer as delighted James ran over to give her a tearful hug.
crowd of James' family, friends and supporters attended the fundraiser
in the foyer at Asda to watch Burnham barber Mike Lowe from Hair
Of The Dog don the clippers to shave off his hair.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was a wonderful surprise that
Lauren could be there - it made the event so special."
am astonished to have raised £3,000 in donations from generous
friends, family and supporters - I did not expect to receive even
half of that and thank everyone so much."
Tandy, his mother, added: "I am very proud of what James
has done. He wanted to do something special to raise money for
the hospital and we are all very grateful to everyone who has
donated. It was made extra special by having Lauren there too
sponsorship page continues to be online here,
where he has received dozens of donations.
watched the fundraiser on her 17th birthday from her wheelchair
Mike Lowe starting the job of shaving James' hair during the fundraiser
gave Lauren a vey special hug at the end of Saturday's head shave
friends and the team at Asda gave their support
James had strong backing from family and friends for the event
who have given over £3,000