Effingham schoolgirl hands over £3,475 to cancer hospital after David Luiz headshave

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By Dorking Advertiser  |  Posted: November 05, 2014

By Alexander Robertson alexander.robertson@essnmedia.co.uk

A TEENAGER who had her waist-length hair shaved off by a football superstar in memory of a relative handed over more than £3,000 to a cancer charity last week.

Alisha Brayer, from Oxshott, had her head shaved by former Chelsea defender David Luiz in May to raise money for the hospital which cared for her aunt.

Following the courageous act, the schoolgirl handed over a cheque for £3,475 to Janet Tobin from The Royal Marsden during an assembly at the Howard of Effingham School on October 20.

Year 10 manager Amanda Collyer said: “Everyone at the Howard of Effingham School is extremely proud of Alisha and her achievements.”

Luiz, a Brazilian international who now plays for French club Paris St Germain, carried out the deed in front of Alisha’s classmates before the summer holidays.

The 14-year-old organised the stunt in the hope of raising £1,000 for the Royal Marsden cancer hospital, where her aunt Tracey Barton died as a result of breast cancer in 2013.

Once she decided to have her head shaved, Alisha wrote a letter to David Luiz, telling him her aunt’s story.

The letter was passed on by Alisha’s mum, who works at Chelsea’s training ground in Cobham as a chef and is a personal friend of the footballer.

Alisha said: “There was an assembly in the morning where I got up and spoke in front of everyone and told them what I was doing.

“Then David came in and started shaving my hair and it was falling all around me. He was talking the whole way through and joking around.

“He was building up the suspense and then pretending to leave it half-cut and everyone was laughing. Then we went outside to have pictures taken with him. He was really nice.”

To donate or find out more, visit www.justgiving.com/alisha-brayer14