Inspirational Evie on the fundraising trail

Evie Ripley with her mum Kirsty Ludlam
Evie Ripley with her mum Kirsty Ludlam

An inspirational 10-year-old from Bridlington has started fundraising to help children with cancer.

Evie Ripley started last month by raising £100 for the British Heart Foundation after giving up chocolate for a month.

Evie before her charity haircut

Evie before her charity haircut

More recently, The Bay Primary pupil has had 12 inches cut off her hair in aid of the Little Princess Trust.

This charity provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

Evie was inspired to cut her hair due to pop singer Jessie J who famously shaved her hair off in 2013.

She said: “Evie said: “After seeing Comic Relief, I really wanted to get involved and help other people. I like to make people happy and this is a good way to do it.

I chose The Little Princess Trust because they are a children’s cancer charity. It must be hard having cancer as a child so I like to think I can help in anyway I can.”

Up to five hair donations are used for each wig to be made up which cost £350 each.

Evie hopes to raise the £350 figure so she will have covered the making of a wig. She has currently raised £126 for the charity through cutting her hair and has also been doing a number of other activities including baking cakes with her friends and selling them.

Evie has also had support from local businesses after the Morrisons M store in Bridlington gave her the ingredients for her cakes free of charge after they found out what the cause was for.

Evie’s mum Kirsty Ludlam said: “I am really proud of what Evie has achieved so far with her fundraising. She has started it all off her own back. She is a determined individual who I can tell is going to be someone who will make a difference.

“She has always had long hair so it is strange to see her with shorter hair now.

“It is fantastic to see Morrisons helping Evie and if anyone can help her reach her goal for a great cause then it would be appreciated.”

For anyone wanting to donate and help Evie, you can call Kirsty on 07955042421.