Fundraisers to go extra mile for Chelsea’s fund

Shannon Knighton, 12, is to have her head shaved in September
Shannon Knighton, 12, is to have her head shaved in September
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Two fundraisers are going the extra mile to raise money for children suffering from rare forms of cancer.

Shannon Knighton, 12, and Rhianne Croot, 20, are both going to new lengths to collect cash for Chelsea’s Angels.

Rhianne Croot, from Wellingborough, is having an A4-sized Chelsea's Angels tattoo on her thigh to show her support for the charity

Rhianne Croot, from Wellingborough, is having an A4-sized Chelsea's Angels tattoo on her thigh to show her support for the charity

The Irthlingborough-based charity formed in 2009 following the death of Shannon’s three-year-old sister, Chelsea Knighton.

Her mum, Emma Knighton, and cousin Michelle Tomkins started the charity in accordance with Chelsea’s last wish.

She died from neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer, and she wanted her family to continue supporting other youngsters with the condition.

Rhianne, of Hatfield Close, Wellingborough, is having an A4 size tattoo of the Chelsea’s Angels logo on her thigh on April 25.

Rhianne, who works as a planning and materials coordinator for Dunkleys in Wellingborough, was inspired to get the tattoo after learning about the charity from her friend and Chelsea’s Angels volunteer, Rayne Browne.

She said: “These children go through so much pain, if I have a tattoo it’s just a few hours of pain to help children who are in a bad way. It’s my way of doing something different to help.

“My friends all think I’m mad, but they do think it’s for a good cause and they are all backing me.”

This will be Rhianne’s ninth tattoo so she knows what to expect. Tattooists at Black Ink in Rushden have agreed to do the tattoo for free, and it will take three to four hours to complete.

Meanwhile, Shannon is also doing her bit for the charity by pledging to shave off all of her hair – if she raises more than £1,000 before September 9.

Shannon, of Irthlingborough, said she’s prepared to part with all of her long locks in order to raise funds for children with cancer.

She said: “All the money will go to the Chelsea’s Angels charity and all my hair will go to a charity called Little Princess Trust, which uses real hair to make wigs for other cancer patients.

“I will start raising now and I will shave my hair on what would have been my sister’s eighth birthday on September 9.”

To sponsor Rhianne visit http://www.charitygiving.co.uk/RhianneTattoo.

To make a donation for Shannon visit www.charitygiving.co.uk/shannonsheadshave.