Students Crowd in Manor Hall to watch Charity Head Shave

Hundreds of students crowded in Manor Hall today to watch as Manor College student Georgina Cotton, 17, had her head shaved for charity.

Georgina chopped off over 20 inches of hair to raise money for the Nottingham based charity ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’, whose primary aim is to grant the wishes of terminally ill children.

Seven years ago, the charity helped Georgina’s cousin Ollie Rycraft achieve his dream of visiting Lapland before he passed away at the age of 14.

Georgina said: “Lapland was somewhere that Ollie had always wanted to go, and although he was very ill he had such an amazing time. I was ten at the time, and it’s only since I have been older that I’ve been able to really appreciate what the charity did for him.

"I know I’ve made over £500 on my JustGiving webpage but I still need to add up the money from the charity buckets - that’s what I’ll be doing tonight!

"I was little bit nervous, but I quite like it! I’m looking forward to having twenty more minutes in bed in a morning!”

Georgina let her friends snip off the majority of her hair, then she let Tracey Morley, Hair and Beauty teacher at The Manor Academy shave off her remaining locks.

Maggie Falconer, East Midlands Regional Fundraiser for When You Wish Upon A Star, said: “We rely solely on donations from our supporters and we would like to thank Georgina for being so brave as to have her hair shaved off to raise funds for our charity.  

“In 2014 the Charity will again be taking hundreds of children on a very special magical trip to Lapland to meet the real Father Christmas, which is one of the biggest highlights for the charity costing £90,000 to charter the flight. Each child and guardian cost £900, so we could not organise such trips without the help of people like Georgina!”

To donate, please visit Georgina’s JustGiving page: