A kind-hearted 11-year-old has been recognised for her fundraising efforts for Pendleside Hospice.
Kaila Kirwan from Moore Street in Burnley was presented with the Judges’ Special Award for exceptional fundraising efforts at our Corporate Challenge Awards.
This year the Corporate Challenge saw 28 local businesses go head-to-head to battle it out to raise the most money from 1st June to 30th September.
Inspired by the efforts of Tesco Burnley during the Corporate challenge, where her mum Kelly works, Kaila decided to have 22 inches of her hair cut off.
Not only did the Hameldon Community College pupil raise £421 from having her locks cut, but she also then donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust where her hair will be used to make wigs for children going through treatment for cancer.
Kaila’s story had such an impact that she received her award to a standing ovation from guests at the award ceremony.
She said: “I had no idea I was coming to pick up an award, my mum kept it a total surprise. I’m so happy and proud to have been given the award. I just wanted to do something to raise money for the Hospice as it is a very good cause.”
Kaila’s mum Kelly said: “We are so proud of Kaila, I had goosebumps when she got the standing ovation – it was really overwhelming.
“Kaila has always been a very kind-hearted girl who wants to help people in any way that she can. She had talked about having her hair cut to raise money for charity for a while, so when she heard about what we were doing at Tesco for the Corporate Challenge she decided that she wanted to have it cut for Pendleside Hospice.
“Pendleside Hospice is a charity close to our hearts as they looked after my mum when she died of cancer three years ago.”
Kaila was originally nominated in the Best Female category but as she wasn’t employed by Tesco the judges decided to create a special award to honour her efforts.
Helen McVey CEO of Pendleside Hospice said: “We were all so impressed by Kaila’s fundraising efforts and determination that we felt that she deserved to be recognised. Well done Kaila.”