Blown away by fundraiser

Levi Gilbert in the hairdresser's chair at A&M hair design with Felice Beck, Andrea Smith and Amanda Coates who raised �1104 holding a blow dry day
Levi Gilbert in the hairdresser's chair at A&M hair design with Felice Beck, Andrea Smith and Amanda Coates who raised �1104 holding a blow dry day

A HAIR salon is celebrating after raising over £1,000 for a charity which has supported a Whitby schoolgirl through her battle with cancer.

Seven-year-old Levi Gilbert, of St Peter’s Road, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia two years ago and has been fighting the illness ever since with the aid of the Candlelighters charity organisation.

The charity provides support for children diagnosed with cancer and their families, who often do not know where to turn to ask for support themselves.

By holding a ‘Hair-Raising Day’ on 20 November A & M Hair Designs at St Hilda’s Business Centre were able to raise £1,104.50 for the charity.

Mum Jo Gilbert said: “I was overwhelmed with the amount they managed to raise, but when it’s a child it touches more people’s hearts.”

Levi is responding well to treatment, and with the support of her big brother Jimmy, she is on the road to recovery.

Jo added: “She’s on her second year of her treatment and she’s got six months to go.

“She’s been in remission for a year and a half and she’s doing really well.”

Andrea Smith helped organise the event, with Amanda Coates and Felice Beck of A & M Hair Design, and she said: “We wanted to promote the Candlelighters because it’s a charity that’s really close to home.

“There are a lot of children in Whitby that have had the illness and it’s amazing how many people have come forward to say they’ve had the support of the Candlelighters. We’ve become a little blind to charities because there are so many, but when it helps kids it really hits home.”

For details about the Candlelighters charity log on to: www.candlelighters.org.uk