Abi’s award for helping Little Princess Trust

Outstanding Young Person of the Month Abi Turner with Sussex Coast College principal Clive Cook

Outstanding Young Person of the Month Abi Turner with Sussex Coast College principal Clive Cook

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A teenager who had most of her hair cut off for charity has been named Outstanding Young Person of the Month.

Fifteen-year-old Abi Turner had around 30cm of her hair cut off, raising £600 for the Little Princess Trust, as well as donating her locks to the charity.

The trust uses human hair to make wigs for young people who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment or other medical problems.

After losing her grandfather to pancreatic cancer in 2013, the teenager is aware of the impact that the illness can have on families, and she has particularly focussed on helping young people.

Ahead of her fundraiser at Sweeney Todd’s in Battle Road, St Leonards, Abi said: “She said: “During my grandfather’s illness, I realised exactly how awful cancer is and for children, who should have so much of their lives ahead of them, having a cancer diagnosis is the worst thing possible.”

The Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award is sponsored by the Hastings Observer Series and Sussex Coast College Hastings.

The award is presented every month to someone aged 18 and under who has excelled in some way.

This could be in sport, their academic studies, or if they have performed an important role on a voluntary basis in their own home or the wider community.

Clive Cooke, principal of Sussex Coast College, said: “Young people are usually very conscious of their appearance, so for Abi to cut her hair off in order to help others suffering from cancer is a very thoughtful gesture.

“I was delighted to present her with the award.”

Abi will receive a complimentary meal for two and a £100 donation to the Little Princess Trust as part of her award.

To nominate someone for the Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award, please email jenny@cobbpr.com with details of who you are nominating and the reasons why.