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10-year-old internet sensation head shave fundraiser to help launch hospice ‘Forget Me Not’ appeal

Tallulah Lewis-Schulz will take part in the event at Shrewsbury Castle later today Credit: ITV News Central

A ten-year-old schoolgirl who touched the hearts of millions after bravely shaving off her hair in memory of her father, will help complete a poignant sculpture at Shrewsbury Castle to commemorate those who have also lost their loved ones too soon.

Tallulah Lewis-Schulz from Much Wenlock will plant the penultimate ‘Forget Me Not’ flower, alongside her sister Poppy, 9, and mother Sarah, in a piece of artwork inspired by the Tower of London poppies.

Seven hundred and fifty handcrafted steel flowers have been planted in the grounds of the castle, with each one for sale to raise funds to provide respite care for those who need the help of the Severn Hospice in Shropshire.

The 750 Forget Me Nots on display from today until May Credit: Severn Hospice

Tallulah raised £10,000 for the hospice by shaving her hair off in front of her classmates at the Brockton Church of England Primary School near Much Wenlock last September, in memory of her father who died in May 2015.

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

Almost exactly a year ago her father Andreas was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and he died within six weeks.

In his last few weeks alive, the 48-year-old was given care and support from staff at Severn Hospice, and his partner Sarah and the two girls were able to stay there so they could be together as a family.

Tallulah before and after her fundraising transformation. Credit: ITV News Central

Four months later Tallulah was determined to do something in return, so she decided to shave off her long brown hair after being inspired by the Macmillan Brave the Shave campaign.

Her inspirational fundraising attempt was filmed by ITV News Central, and went viral online, being viewed more than 4 million times on the ITV Central Facebook page.

Watch Chris Halpin's report on Tallulah's head shave in October 2015

By November, she managed to smash her original target of raising £500 twenty times over, after her heartwarming story was covered as far away as New York and Australia.

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

Because of her amazing efforts the hospice invited the family to take part in the Forget Me Not appeal, and they will help launch it officially alongside the hospice’s president Sir Algernon Heber-Percy, HM Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire.

Each of the flowers has been individually handcrafted locally at the British Ironworks Centre in Oswestry.

A total of 1000 Forget Me Nots are for sale at £25 each, for those who wish to buy one in memory of a loved one via the Severn Hospice website, with people able to collect their flower, or have them posted to them in May, once the public display is removed.

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