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Brave ten-year-old shaves off all her hair to raise thousands for hospice which cared for her dying dad

A brave ten year old has shaved off all her hair in front of her classmates to raise money for the hospice which cared for her dying dad.

Four months ago ten-year-old Tallulah Lewis-Schulz and her nine year old sister Poppy, who are both from Brockton near Much Wenlock in Shropshire, lost their father to pancreatic cancer.

Within just six weeks of being diagnosed, 48-year-old Andreas Schulz died at the Severn Hospice in Shrewsbury.

Andrea Schulz with his wife and daughters on a family holiday. Credit: Family handout

In his final three weeks alive, his partner Sarah and the two girls pretty much moved in to the hospice so they could be together as a family.

Remembering those few weeks, Tallulah said:

"He passed away while we were at the hospice and they made him feel comfortable. They took us in they let us sleep there they gave us breakfast and everything and really like helped us and supported us"

– Tallulah Lewis-Schulz
Andreas Schulz posing with his wife and daughters on his wedding day, three days before he died from pancreatic cancer. Credit: Family handout

Three days before Andreas passed away, the hospice arranged for he and Sarah to get married.

Sarah said:

"They made flowers for the girls for myself provided all the food cakes even the night before gave me a mini hen night and did my nails and my hair and everything. They were just absolutely fantastic in every way possible".

– Sarah Lewis-Schulz
Tallulah hours before her hair would face the chop. Credit: ITV News Central

After her father's death, Tallulah became inspired to fundraise for the hospice after she heard about the Macmillan Brave the Shave campaign on the radio.

She was determined to say thank you to all the staff for supporting them through the toughest of times, as her mother explains.

So in front of her classmates at Brockton Church of England Primary School, Tallulah did what for most ten-year-old girls is unthinkable - and had a buzz cut.

Shrewsbury based hairdresser Lucy Murphy - who treated Sarah and the girls to a free pampering day at her salon earlier this month, was in charge of the clippers, and family and friends looked on as Tallulah underwent her transformation.

Hairdresser Lucy Murphy found out about Tallulah's charity challenge on Facebook and stepped in to help. Credit: ITV News Central

People touched by her story have all done their bit too.

The local Nisa garage and shops in Much Wenlock held collections and fundraising days, and with support from her school friends, family and also complete strangers Tallulah has so far raised more than £2000 for the Severn Hospice, creating her own online fundraising page.

Something which hospice staff say is vital for it to help other families when they need them most.

Tallulah midway through her transformation. Credit: ITV News Central

"Severn Hospice wouldn't exist without the people in our community who do things like Tallulah has done and fundraise for us. We need to raise £7 million a year each year to keep providing care within Shropshire so it's fundamental that people like Tallulah do want to come back and support the hospice and say thank you for the care that they've been given"

– Lucy Ruff, Fundraising manager, Severn Hospice
Tallulah with the ponytail which will go to make wigs for children who've lost their hair to cancer. Credit: ITV News Central

But not only is Tallulah raising money for the Severn Hospice - she's also donated her hair too.

Tallulah's rescued ponytail will go to Hereford-based charity the Little Princess Trust, to be made into wigs for children who've lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

Her mother Sarah says she's been overwhelmed by all the kindness and support, since her husband's death, and can't thank people enough.