Union Street, Chester, CH1 1QP

Grosvenor Park Academy pupil Ava goes for the chop!

Brave Ava Smith has helped two charities in one kindhearted act inspired by an operation which saved her grandmother’s life.

The Grosvenor Park CofE Academy pupil was moved to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, after her nanny Beryl underwent a life-saving operation and had a pacemaker fixed.

The nine-year-old, from Blacon, also wanted to do something for children suffering with cancer.

So Ava chose to have her long hair cut short, and will donate every strand to the Little Princess Trust who make free wigs for people aged up to 24 who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.

And she raised £600 in sponsorship cash to have the chop, which will go to the British Heart Foundation.

Ava explained: “I feel really glad that I did it. Rather than just cutting it off, it will be used to help someone, so it was worth it. I would definitely do it again.

“My nanny Beryl had a pacemaker, but when she started getting pains they found that a wire had come loose and had gone into her heart. She had an operation and had it fixed – without that I wouldn’t have a nan.”

It’s not the first time Ava has helped people in difficult circumstances.

Saddened by the number of homeless people she saw on the way to the school, at Union Street, she raised more than £1,000 for Chester Aid to The Homeless (CATH) by singing Christmas carols to shoppers during the festive period.

Jo Price, Head of School, said: “Ava is a perfect example of why I feel so proud of our children.

“She has shown what can be achieved with determination, willingness and, most importantly, a big heart.”

Grosvenor Park Academy, formerly University Church Free School (UCFS), became part of North West Academies Trust (NWAT) in December.

As sister school to St Martin’s Academy, in Hoole, it now benefits from the shared values that saw St Martin’s rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted within a year of opening in 2013.

Among the other NWAT schools is Delamere Academy, near Northwich, which is ranked the highest performing primary in West Cheshire according to the latest performance tables.

For more information email: admin@grosvenorparkacademy.org.uk or, tel: 01244 569560.