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Caring student gets the chop for charity


An inspiring Robert Gordon University (RGU) student has gone a cut above and beyond to donate to two separate charities close to her heart.

Artemis GiatraEleftheria-Artemis Giatra has managed to raise over £900 for Marie Curie, ahead of getting 31cm chopped off of her hair and donating the hair to the Little Princess Trust.

Artemis is currently in her third year of a Pharmacy degree and started a fundraising campaign in December to honour the memory of her grandfather Jimmy, who sadly passed away from lung cancer.

She said: “I wanted to donate to Marie Curie because I know that living with a terminal illness is exhausting and frustrating for both the patients and the relatives and therefore they deserve the best possible care and support.”

Her decision to cut her hair and donate it to the Little Princess Trust was motivated by her desire to help those less fortunate and her belief that we are all capable of making even a small change that can make a big difference to someone else.

The Little Princess Trust is a charity that provides real hair wigs and hair pieces to children suffering from hair loss due to cancer treatments or other illnesses.

Artemis made the news in November, when she was shortlisted for the Student Leadership Award at the Scottish Pharmacy Awards. She hopes to use her profession to benefit her community in the future.

She said: “I am lucky to live in a country that is as welcoming, giving and interesting as Scotland is, where I will be given the opportunity as a healthcare professional to collaborate with different charities in order to make a difference in people’s lives.

“By working with charities all the way to simply smiling at the pharmacy, I believe that a pharmacist can play an important role in benefiting society as a whole.”

Carolyn Snedden, Marie Curie Fundraising Manager, said: “Every day of your life matters when you’re living with a terminal illness and the right care and support at the right time can make all the difference. Thanks to the generous support of people like Artemis, we can do more for more of the people who need us.”

Artemis has raised over £900 so far and her JustGiving page will remain open to encourage more people to donate to her charities. To visit the page and donate, click here - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ELEFTHERIA-ARTEMIS-GIATRA1?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=20161221_68189

Release by Jonathon Milne
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