Woman’s show of love for family of Frankie Macritchie

A Plymouth woman has shaved of all of her hair to help a cause close to her heart.

Sammy is a friend of Frankie Macritchie’s family and set up Frankie’s Superheroes in his name to help support other families who are going through tough periods in their life.

The nine-year-old tragically lost his life in April last year after being left alone in a caravan in Looe, with a dog, while his mum and the dog’s owner partied at a caravan 40 yards away.

His death was felt by the whole nation. Due to Frankie’s love for superheroes and dressing up, his dad, Billy Macritchie and his family have held events and carried out kind acts in his name.

Now, the family are trying to raise enough funds to get Frankie’s Superheroes recognised as a registered charity.

Sammy shaved of all of her hair to help a cause close to her heart.
(Image: Sammy/Submitted)

To become a registered charity, a number of steps need to be met, including having three trustees, ensuring the charity has ‘charitable purposes for the public benefit’ and having an annual income of over £5,000.

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Sammy shaved her head via Facebook Live on November 1 and has so far raised £715 of a £1,000 target, which will go towards helping achieve charity status.

Sammy’s hair before the head shave
(Image: Sammy/Submitted)

Sammy said: “The charity is to help young children going through grief or trauma, so for example if a family lost a sibling, then some money could be given to them from the charity to give them a day out or to experience a little break away.

“I know to have it recognised and registered as a proper charity you have to have a certain amount of money in the kitty before they can do that and that’s what they’re working towards, so that’s why I’ve shaved my head to start the ball rolling and get some money in the kitty.”

It’s not the first time Sammy has shaved her head for a cause close to her heart. In June 2017 she shaved her hair to raise funds for the neurology department at Derriford Hospital.

“They helped save my brothers life so my hair has been growing back since then,” she said speaking before the head shave.

“I’ve got to be honest since it has grown back it is in the best condition it has ever been in and got quite long again.”

Frankie loved dressing up as superheroes
(Image: Billy Macritchie)

She added: “But I’m willing and so happy for it to all come off again for this charity, I want to help as much as I can in raising money and awareness for the charity and in loving memory of dear Frankie, setting a charity up in Frankie’s name is such an admirable and lovely thing to do.”

Sammy and her husband are good friends with Frankie’s auntie Danielle and her partner Matt.

She added: “I know everyone is feeling the pinch with the pandemic and money is tight so people can donate as little as £1 on the Just Giving site, it doesn’t have to be a large amount every little helps.”

You can donate to the JustGiving page here.

You can like the Frankie’s Superheroes Facebook page, here.

Plymouth Live