Date: Monday 02 June 2014
We gave our support to two young friends who agreed to chop off their long hair and donate it to a charity that makes wigs for cancer patients.
Daisy Gallagher (10) and seven-year-old Jasmine Burchell decided to cut their hair in aid of the Little Princess Trust, which creates wigs for children across the UK who have lost their own hair through chemotherapy.
The girls, from Solihull, learned about the charity at school and set about raising £350 – the cost to the charity of each wig. But they’ve managed to smash this target by collecting more than £10,000.
They raised the money by holding a series of fundraising events including a fete and a charity fishing day, as well as asking companies to donate to their fund. We pledged our support by donating £500.
Daisy’s mum Lisa says: “One of Jasmine’s school friends had donated her hair to the charity and Daisy came home and told me she wanted to do it too. It’s for such a good cause and both girls fully appreciate how their donated hair is going to help other children.
“Daisy had lovely long hair and I burst out crying while the hairdresser was cutting it, but now Daisy wants to keep it short!
“Each wig costs £350, so we set about fundraising that amount, and it has just snowballed. We’re incredibly grateful everyone who has sponsored the girls, including Taylor Wimpey, and we’re absolutely delighted with the amount we’ve managed to raise.”
Daisy had 10 inches of hair cut off, while Jasmine donated seven inches. Hairdressers Tasha Hinks and Louise Fords both gave up their time for free to do the cuts.
Anne Wallace, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “When we heard what Daisy and Jasmine wanted to do for the Little Princess Trust, we were very touched. It’s a lovely gesture from the girls and we are delighted to lend our support.
“They can be very proud of the money they’ve raised, as well as donating their hair to such as worthwhile cause.”
To find out more about the Little Princess Trust, visit www.littleprincesses.org.uk.
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