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Florence’s big night in raises £2,000 – and counting

Just Regional
Apr 30, 2020 3 mins read

A Big Night In turned into a Big Shave Off for Florence Fagan, who is smashing the target she set for her sponsored headshave.

Nine-year-old Florence, from North Walsham, decided to lose her long hair after being inspired by the The Big Night In telethon, where Comic Relief and BBC Children In Need teamed up for an evening of fundraising. But it was a difficult decision at first.

“We watched the programme and thought nothing more of it, but a couple of days later Florence was very quiet and seemed upset,” said her mum, Lucy.

“She said she didn’t want to say what was wrong and was nervous… then she said she wanted to shave her head for charity.”

Once she realised her family and friends were all in favour of her idea, a fundraising page was set up and it was “all systems go”.

Florence Fagan before and after her headshave. She has already raised more than £2,000.

“I had offered to do it with her for moral support, but she said she didn’t want me to do it, she wanted to do it on her own,” said Lucy, adding that she was both relieved and proud.

Florence’s sister, Maisie, 12, started the shave by cutting off Florence’s plait and then dad John took over – and he seems to have done a good job.

“She loves her hair,” said Lucy. “She was a little bit nervous about going out but we’re not doing that much and she has been putting a hat on.”

And far from laughing at her, as she feared, people have helped her smash her £200 target,  with friends, family and others boosting the total to £2,280 – a total which is still rising.

“We are bursting with pride,” said Lucy. “She has suffered from anxiety and panic attacks, we don’t know why, and for her to make such a brave decision has blown us away.”

And Florence, who is a pupil at Colby Primary School, said on her FloJo No Bow Just Giving Page that she hoped her actions would help children in need.

“I want to help people’s lives and raise as much money as I can… thanks to you all. I can’t believe I did it already it feels so different. I think you are all very kind for donating and I would love to see if I’ve inspired anyone.”

If you would like to donate, click here to access her Just Giving Page

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