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Schoolgirl at centre of head shave controversy hands over cash to Willowbrook
10:00am Monday 19th August 2013 in News
A TEENAGE girl, who was suspended from school after having her head shaved for charity, has handed almost £900 to a cause close to her heart.
Chloe Newton was at the centre of controversy at her school, after having the close-cropped cut in aid of Willowbrook Hospice.
The 14-year-old, from Haydock, was warned by her school that it would not tolerate her severe hair cut.
St Edmund Arrowsmith, in Ashton-in-Makerfield, stuck to its guns and, when she returned to school, she was told to go home. She has since transferred to Haydock High.
Mum Donna, 39, was furious, saying the situation was out of control.
She said: “How is cancer research supposed to be funded, if not through actions like this? People keep telling me how brave she is, and how proud of her I should be.”
Paul Eye, deputy head teacher at St Edmund Arrowsmith, responded: “Following the school’s decision not to sanction Chloe having her head shaven for charity, Mrs Newton decided to seek a place in another high school. The school is sorry to lose Chloe and wishes her well in her new school.”
So far, Chloe has raised £910, which she handed over to Willowbrook Hospice.
Donna added: “Words can’t describe how very proud of her and she has coped with it all very well.
“If everyone had a heart like Chloe, there would be a lot more funding in place.
“She’s already considering what to do next.”
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