Published On: Tue, Dec 30th, 2014 on 5:01 pm

Leeds woman has hair shaved off in aid of children with cancer

Rileys Journey

Alice before and after.

EXCLUSIVE: A 17-year-old from Leeds has had her hair shaved off in aid of children undergoing cancer treatment.

Alice Hoult shaved her head to raise money for Leeds-based charity Candlelighters, which provides services and support to children with cancer and their families in Yorkshire.

Rileys Journey

Brave Riley.

Alice is the aunt of a 22-month-old boy named Riley, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells found in several areas of the body.

On 13 November, Riley’s mum noticed Riley’s eye looking sore, so she took him to a GP who said he had an eye infection. A week later, the GP found a cyst underneath his eyelid.

Riley became considerably thin overtime and was taken for multiple checkups.

On 28 November, he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at Leeds General Infirmary.

Alice said: “I was inspired to shave my head in aid of charity as soon as I found out Riley had neuroblastoma to help show support and give thanks to the people and staff of Candlelighters that would be help Riley and the family through such a tough time, and also many other families.

“I also wanted to give something else back to little girls that had been affected by cancer and lost their hair and so decided to donate my hair to Little Princess Trust to be made into wigs for them. I really hope that my hair makes them feel just as pretty as it made me feel.”

Over £1,600 was raised through the head shave.

Alice said: “To have support from the community, family and friends that have all come together and helped raise over £1,600 is unbelievable, and I’m very glad that people have read Riley’s story and wanted to donate to my head shaving, especially at Christmas.”

To follow Riley’s journey, please visit

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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