In the pink for Lily’s cancer battle

Teachers at St Benedicts Upper School have dyed their hair pink in support for a pupil who has cancer''Pictured from front to back: Phil Taylor, Emily Cox, Sarah Green, Louise Dack, Stuart Jarvis, Dave Guy and Stevie-Rose Hachey

Teachers at St Benedicts Upper School have dyed their hair pink in support for a pupil who has cancer''Pictured from front to back: Phil Taylor, Emily Cox, Sarah Green, Louise Dack, Stuart Jarvis, Dave Guy and Stevie-Rose Hachey

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STAFF and students at a secondary school are thinking pink to show their support for a pupil who is battling cancer.

Eight members of staff at St Benedict’s Catholic School, in Bury St Edmunds, have dyed their hair pink – the colour of cancer awareness – as a gesture of solidarity with Year 10 student Lily Anderson, who has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Lily, 14, of Newmarket, asked for permission to dye her own hair pink the week before she went into hospital to have an operation.

Pupils were also allowed to temporarily dye their hair pink and dress in the luminous colour on Friday.

Meanwhile, prayers were said for Lily at the school mass celebrating All Saints’ Day on Tuesday.

Funds raised from the activities will benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Louise Dack, deputy head of sixth form, said: “We hope that, when she hears about this, she will know that we are all thinking of her.”

The trust has created a number of specialist units at hospitals around the country which cater for teenagers receiving cancer treatment. It has just completed one at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, which will open next year.

Gavin Ashley Hair Salon, in Bury, provided their time and services for the colour change event.

To donate to the school’s cause, visit www.justgiving.com/pinkhairedteachers