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Sisters get the chop at Downham festival to raise vital funds for Heather Bellamy

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Two children have followed in their dad’s footsteps by joining the fight to secure potentially life-saving leukaemia treatment for a Downham woman.

Chris Heyes raised thousands of pounds for the campaign supporting Heather Bellamy by walking from Downham to Cardiff, alongside Andy Lucraft-Townley, in April.

Now, Chris’ daughters, Hollie and Scarlett Page-Heyes, aged 12 and six, have had their hair cut to further boost the cause.

The trim took place at the Downham Carnival on bank holiday Monday and has already raised three times their initial target. The hair is also being donated to the Little Princesses Trust.

Chris said: “All in all the girls raised an amazing £1,500 for Heather."

Hollie Page-Heyes 12, Louise Page, Chris Heyes and Scarlett Page-Heyes, 6
Hollie Page-Heyes 12, Louise Page, Chris Heyes and Scarlett Page-Heyes, 6

Their mum, Louise Page, added on an online donation page: “Just wanted to say a massive thank you very much to everyone that has donated so far, we truly appreciate every penny.”

All funds will go towards the £250,000 needed to send Heather, who has a rare form of leukaemia, for treatment in America.

The family are also planning a fundraising football match and fun day, which is due to take place at the Downham Academy on Sunday, July 28.

The day will see teams led by Chris and Andy take to the field. Members of both King’s Lynn Town’s promotion winning team and the Downham Town squad are expected to take part.

There will also be a goalkeeping competition, called Keeper Wars, run in association with GKAcademy, as well as a host of rides, stalls and other attractions.

Anyone interested in offering a raffle prize for the day is asked to email louisepage28@gmail.com.

Donations to Hollie and Scarlett can still be made online via www.gofundme.com/little-and-large-go-short-and-sweet-for-heather.

Tickets are now also on sale for a black-tie dinner dance this summer, which aims to further help the fundraising campaign for Heather Bellamy.

And organisers of the Hope for Heather Summer Ball are also appealing for donations of raffle prizes ahead of the big night.

The event is due to take place at the Red Barn, Runcton Holme on Saturday, July 20.

All proceeds from the evening will go towards the campaign to secure life-saving treatment for Heather in the United States.

Tickets for the evening are priced £50 and include drinks and canapes on arrival, a four course dinner, music and a raffle.

To book your tickets, offer a raffle prize or for more information about the evening, email hopeforheathersummerball@aol.com or phone 01366 384937.

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