A kind-hearted 17 year old from Market Weighton has shaved her head to raise funds to give a little boy a vital piece of medical equipment.
Ellise Sanchez-Garci braved the shave to raise funds for Logan Stiffell, seven, who has a genetic condition called wolf-hirschhorn syndrome.
The youngster lives on the same street as Ellise and she has watched him grow up and seen his struggle.
She hopes to raise the £1,200 needed to buy a specialist high to low hospital bed, with a pressure sensitive mattress, for Logan.
The South Hunsley Sixth Form student said: “I have seen his mum struggle with lifting Logan into a normal wooden bed for a while and watched him injure himself by falling out of bed during seizures.
“I tried to think of ways I could help make both Logan and his mum’s life easier.
“That’s when I thought about raising money and shaving my hair off.”
But that wasn’t enough for Ellise.
She added: “If I was to shave my hair off to raise money, I wouldn’t want my hair to go to waste so I also donated my hair to the Little Princess Trust.
“It’s the least I can do for people not as fortunate as myself.”
Logan’s condition affects his body features, he has a delay in growth and development, an intellectual disability, low muscle tone and on top of this Logan suffers from seizures.
The seven-year-old also has a heart murmur and renal dysplasia .
So far Ellise has raised more than £700 since she started taking donations on February 20.
Ellise hopes to raise enough money to go towards sensory lights and stimulating toys and also hopes to have some left over to donate to the Centre for Mental Health.
At the end of last month, Ellise shaved off her brunette locks.
She said: “At first it was scary.
“I didn’t know what people would think but I have come to love and embrace it .
“It feels empowering and to know that I did it to help someone else just makes it that much better.”
Ellise says that Logan’s mother, Jade Dockerty, is ecstatic.
“She has been trying to get him a medical bed for a while now but with no luck and they are too expensive,” Ellise said.
So far Ellise has raised £725 towards the equipment and hopes to collect the rest by the end of this week.
If people would like to donate then they can email Ellise on firstname.lastname@example.org where she can forward them to her Paypal account or try to arrange pick up.
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