03:42AM, Thursday 05 July 2012
A brave little girl left with a bizarre 'hairstyle' after a brain tumour operation has come up with a unique way of raising money to help other sufferers.
Ruby Kendle, nine, of Rycroft, Windsor, (pictured with her mum) made a fantastic recovery after the operation last year.
Today she and her mum Sarah helped host a fundraising 'mad hair' day at Homer First School in Testwood Road, where Ruby is a pupil.
Ruby said: "They cut my hair before the operation and it left it looking really strange, part bald and all pushed up at the side. So we came up with the idea of a 'mad hair' day at the school."
Joint headteachers Vicky Brand and Gemma Robinson joined in the fun by donning blue and red wigs, while pupils and parents all turned up with madcap hair styles. But there was a serious purpose behind it all - to raise money for the brain tumour charity Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust (SDBTT).
Sarah said: "Ruby had her operation March last year. She had had symptoms for months - headaches, nausea and her eyesight went funny.
"She was in hospital two weeks and only off school six weeks. She recovered really well.
"We were so well looked after by the doctor at Wexham Park Hospital and the team at John Radcliffe children's hospital that now we want to put something back.
"We want to raise awareness about the symptoms of brain tumours in children which can often be misdiagnosed."
Ruby's dad Danny is head coachman with the Household Cavalry at Windsor's Combermere Barracks - responsible for the regiment's coaches and horses.
Mum Sarah is a special needs teaching assistant at the Lawns nursery in Imperial Road. Brother Ethan, 11, completes the family.
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