A KIND-HEARTED schoolgirl from Coundon will be losing her locks to raise vital funds for the national Children’s Air Ambulance charity (TCAA).
The 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.
The King Henry VIII pupil said she had enjoyed being a member of #TheCrew for a while and had completed previous fund-raising activities in the past to achieve her silver award but this time she wanted to do something really special.
“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.”
After the shave on May 29 at Helen McCourt Henry at Hoochie Hairdressers, Irina’s hair will be donated to The Little Princess Trust.
Irina has already surpassed her £250 fund-raising target and is hoping the Coventry community will help her triple that amount.
“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.”
Youth Development Manager for TCAA, Anoushka Brown added she was thrilled Irina had chosen to support the charity and wished her all the best.
“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.