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 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.”

To nominate someone for the Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of who you are nominating and the reasons why.

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