Nine-year-old Derbyshire girl to chop her long locks for children’s cancer charity which helped her mum
A nine-year-old girl is preparing to cut 22 inches off her long locks so it can be made into a wig for children who have lost their hair.
Alissia Cook from Clowne, will be donating her hair to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides free, real hair wigs to children and young people up to the age of 24 who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment or other conditions.
The selfless youngster decided to brave the chop after learning that her mother, Sheryl, received a wig through the charity after she was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma – a rare type of cancer that affects bones or the surrounding tissue – as a youngster.
Having grown her hair to past her waist, Alissia will be donating 22 inches of her hair and hopes to raise £2,000 to assist the charity in the wig making process.
Posting on her fundraising page, Alissia said: “I would like to have a wig made for any girl who has lost their hair to cancer treatment like my mum did when she was 11.
"My mum has told me stories about the treatment she had to make her better. She had to have chemotherapy, which made my mum lose her hair.
"This amazing charity helped my mum get her confidence back. My mum got to choose a wig to make her feel happy and pretty again. I want to make a little girl feel like that by donating my own hair.”
Sheryl added: “She’s never really had her hair cut. She’s always wanted it long and I think it’s just getting a bit too much for her now. From the top of her head to the ends her hair is 32 inches – it’s quite long and goes below her bum.
"She’s very excited to do it. She’d told everyone at school, all her teachers and all of her friends. I’m just very proud of her for doing this.”
The minimum length of hair you can donate to the Little Princess Trust is seven inches, but the charity is currently short of donations measuring 12 inches and above.
Alissia will be having her hair cut on May 22 and will be posting updates on her fundraising page afterwards.
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alissia-cook21.