Coventry schoolgirl braves the shave to help save children’s lives
A kind-hearted schoolgirl from Coundon, Coventry, will be braving the shave to raise vital funds for the national Children’s Air Ambulance charity.
The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) – operated by The Air Ambulance Service – is a national service which is changing the face of paediatric and neonatal care through the high-speed transfer of critically ill babies and children, flying them from one hospital to another for specialist care.
Irina Kunc (14) is a member of #TheCrew – an exciting club for children linked to the lifesaving charity – and has pledged to raise as much money as possible to keep TCAA’s AgustaWestland 169 aircraft flying lifesaving missions.
“I’ve been a member of #TheCrew for a while and I really enjoy it. I’ve completed other fundraising activities in the past to achieve my #TheCrew silver award, but this time, I wanted to do something special,” explained Irina.
So, the King Henry VIII Schoolgirl has made the bold decision to cut her long locks and donate them to The Little Princess Trust.
“My hair is currently 26 inches long, so this will be a huge change for me, but I wanted to do something daring and different, and this head shave seems like the perfect thing,” she added.
Irina’s head shave is set to take place on 29 May at the hands of Helen McCourt Henry at Hoochie Hairdressers – based in Coventry.
Irina has already surpassed her fundraising target of £250, and she now has her sights set to triple the amount, and she needs support from her local Coventry community to help her achieve it.
“All the funds raised will help the Children’s Air Ambulance to continue saving lives so I would like to raise as much money as possible and I’d love for people to make a donation, big or small, as it all counts,” said Irina.
Youth Development Manager for TCAA, Anoushka Brown commented: “We are so thrilled that Irina is enjoying being a member of #TheCrew and has chosen to support TCAA with a very brave challenge.
“Each of our missions cost £3,500 and with no government funding, support like this is crucial in keeping us flying and continuing to support the NHS.
“We wish Irina the best of luck on the day and can’t wait to see her sporting her new look!”