Gallery/Ipswich: Good GOSH – Elizabeth is now top of the crops

Elizabeth Pickering Hopland of Ipswich High School for Girls has her head shaved to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital where Head of RS, Claire Chandler-Mears was treated as a child. Elizabeth Pickering Hopland of Ipswich High School for Girls has her head shaved to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital where Head of RS, Claire Chandler-Mears was treated as a child.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
6:35 PM

A student at Ipswich High School for Girls has raised money for charity by having a rather radical makeover – getting her head shaved.

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Elizabeth Pickering Hopland, a house captain at the school in Woolverstone, was raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). She was inspired to take a set of clippers to her locks by a teacher who was herself treated at the famous children’s hospital in London when she was younger.

Claire Chandler-Mears, who is head of religious studies at the school, said: “At the first house meeting of the year I spoke to the house captains (Elizabeth and fellow student Scarlett Ayre) and asked them if they would support Great Ormond Street Hospital as their charity of the year and explained why.

“I had a life saving operation at the hospital and went there every year until I was about 16.

“The girls have really taken this up themselves. I’m really touched by it, it’s quite humbling really.”

Elizabeth, 15, said she was “quite proud” of the money she had raised.

She said: “I thought about what would raise the most money and I thought head shaving would.

“About 200 people came to watch it happen and they’ve all donated money.

“It will probably take about two months to grow back. The only change I really notice is that I’m a lot colder now.”

Elizabeth has about £1,000 pledged from the head shaving, which was done by Antonio Giovanni Hairdressers in Ipswich, and hopes to raise £1,500 in total.

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