Schoolgirl to get hair chop in memory of little boy

Ebony Miller, who has decided to lose her long locks for charity.
Ebony Miller, who has decided to lose her long locks for charity.
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YOUNG Ebony Miller is hoping fund-raising will be a snip when she cuts her lovely hair.

The nine-year-old from Murton, has decided to have 12ins cut off her hair to raise money in memory of Nathan James Healer, who died at just two days old.

Baby Nathan battled for two days in Sunderland Royal Hospital after it was discovered his blood glucose levels were fatally low.

Now, his heartbroken mum, Traceyanne Healer, along with family and friends, is raising money for Diabetes UK in the tot’s memory and also hopes to raise awareness of the condition.

Amy Miller, Traceyanne’s friend and Godmother to Nathan, who was Christened in hospital before he died, was stunned when her daughter, Ebony, came up with the idea of cutting her hair.

She said: “She came up with the idea herself and I am very proud of her because she loves her long, thick hair, which is down to her waist, and I never thought she would have it cut.

“She has only had it cut once in her life, so to have it cut off is a big thing for her.”

The Ribbon School pupil was also pleased to learn that Phase Two hair salon in the village donates long hair to the Little Princess Trust, which makes real hair wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer treatment, and that’s where Ebony’s hair will be going when she has it cut in a few weeks.

Amy said: “She is so excited to think she is going to be helping two different charities. She has set herself a target of £150 and has taken sponsorship forms into school and a pot to the hairdresser’s so people can make donations.

“I’m so pleased she wants to do this and Traceyanne is very proud of her as well.”

Traceyanne, an IT technician from Murton, is struggling to come to terms with the death in February of her only son, whose glucose levels became so low, it caused a brain haemorrhage.

But, she said: “We can help stop other people losing their loved ones by educating people, helping to find better treatments and raising awareness of just how dangerous a condition diabetes actually is.”

Anyone who would like to support Ebony in her fund-raising can make a donation to Diabetes UK through www.justgiving.com/NathanJamesDiabetesAwarenessFund/.