Big hearted Alice aids charity

Alice Harris SUS-150915-121231001
Alice Harris SUS-150915-121231001

A nine-year-old girl from St Leonards is the winner of the latest Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award.

Alice Harris raised £300 for St Michael’s Hospice following the fire in July, by having nine inches of her hair cut off and taking part in the Colour the Coast Run, a race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, and giving back to the community.

Hearing about the fire and the patients who had to be rescued, Alice wanted to do something to help. Not only did she raise money for the hospice, she also donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust, who makes wigs for children that have lost their hair through chemotherapy.

Alice’s mum Kirsty said: “Sadly we have cancer in the family at the moment and Alice is very aware of the work the hospice does.

“I’m so proud of her as she’s a shy girl and this was a big thing for her to do. It’s lovely as she’s had so much positive feedback from everyone.”

The Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award is sponsored by Sussex Coast College Hastings and the Hastings Observer Series.

Justin Rollings, Head of Marketing and Communications at Sussex Coast College, said: “Alice has shown such courage and selflessness to cut her own hair off to raise money for others so it was a pleasure to present her with this month’s Outstanding Young Person Award.”

The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs to children across the UK and Ireland that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

Those who have supported the charity include singing star Jessie J, who donated her famous black locks to the Little Princess Trust.

Colour the Coast is a four kilometer fun run along Hastings and St Leonards seafront organised by St Michael’s Hospice.

This year’s event saw 1,200 people taking part and is predicted to raise over £20,000 in sponsorship money and donations.

Jodie Cornford, Community Fundraiser Designate at the Hospice, said “This is the second year we have organised Colour the Coast and we were amazed that the event was fully subscribed in just 25 days.

To nominate someone for the Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award, please email with details of who you are nominating and the reasons why.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1 Make our website your homepage at

2 Like our Facebook page at

3 Follow us on Twitter @HastingsObs

4 Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Hastings Observer - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.