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Schoolgirl shaves head and raises £10k for hospice which nursed her dying dad

Tallulah-Lewis Schulz (left) & her sister Poppy (right), handing over the cheque to staff at the Severn Hospice in Shrewsbury. Credit: Shropshire Star

A 10-year-old schoolgirl who set out to raise £500 by shaving her head for the hospice which nursed her dying dad has smashed her target 20 times over.

Tallulah Lewis-Schulz lost her 48-year-old father Andreas to pancreatic cancer in May, just six weeks after he was first diagnosed.

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

The youngster wanted to thank the staff at the Severn Hospice in Shrewsbury for all the care and support they gave her dad, mum Sarah and nine-year-old sister Poppy.

So she decided to shave off her long brown hair after being inspired by the Macmillan Brave the Shave campaign.

Watch Chris Halpin's moving report on Tallulah's story first broadcast on ITV News Central last month

However, after Tallulah's kind gesture was featured on ITV News Central in October, her story went viral online.

It has so far been viewed nearly 4 million times, with online donations pouring in from all over the world.

Tallulah midway through her transformation. Credit: ITV News Central

After combining money raised on her online fundraising page with physical donations from across Shropshire, the family, from Brockton near Much Wenlock, were able to hand over a cheque to hospice staff for £10,000.

The cheque handed over to the Severn Hospice yesterday. Credit: ITV News Central

Afterwards, Tallulah's proud mother Sarah said:

The nurses were so thankful, plied us with cake, drinks, biscuits and crisps and gave Tallulah a huge tub of sweets and thank you card. They were so lovely.

She is such an amazing girl. When she is going through such a sad time she is thinking of others and it just makes me admire her sheer strength and selflessness.

I am just so extremely proud of her.

– Sarah Lewis-Schulz.
Tallulah before and after her fundraising transformation. Credit: ITV News Central

The Severn Hospice praised Tallulah's fundraising efforts, describing them as "simply incredible".