Dad's headshave in memory of daughter

MORE than 15 years after his five-year-old daughter died, David Hendry is finding new hope today by raising money for sick children.The 49-year-old labourer was sponsored to have his head shaved in aid of the children's ward at Ipswich Hospital.

MORE than 15 years after his five-year-old daughter died, David Hendry is finding new hope today by raising money for sick children.

The 49-year-old labourer was sponsored to have his head shaved in aid of the children's ward at Ipswich Hospital.

Mr Hendry, of Nacton Road, Ipswich, hopes Saturday's event will have raised nearly £700 when all the money is collected.

He chose to raise money for the children's ward because his daughter, Samantha, was treated there before she tragically died after an accident while playing

Samantha, who was born on Christmas Day in 1986, died on October 15 1992, two days after falling off a roof while playing hide-and-seek.

After her death Samantha's organs were donated to those in need. One kidney went to a 26-year-old man and another to a six-month-old baby.

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Mr Hendry said: “Donating her organs was a hard thing to do.”

But Mr Hendry said that the organ gift helped him and his then wife, Tracey, now 42, to come to terms with their loss.

Now Mr Hendry, who has his daughter's image tattooed on to the side of his body, is raising money for the hospital.

He has previously raised enough money to buy a colour television for children on the ward but this was the first time he has had his head shaved. It took place at The Racecourse pub in Nacton Road.

“It is in memory of my daughter - that's why I am doing it,” said Mr Hendry, who is now engaged to Beryl Church, 45,

“It helps you feel a bit better. It's nice to do something for the children in there.

“Before Christmas there is a lot going on but in January it can be a bit of a comedown for the children.”

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