Eight year-old Deeside resident Charlotte Reynolds recently decided she wanted a change of hairstyle. But she didn’t just stop there. This little primary school girl decided to start a fundraiser and donate both the money and her hair to the Little Princess Trust.
The Little Princess Trust
The Little Princess Trust is a charity that provides real-hair wigs to children across the UK who have experienced hair loss as a result of cancer treatment. The charity relies solely on the efforts of community fundraisers and receives no formal funding.
Since its establishment in 2006, the Little Princess Trust has received donations from volunteers from all corners of the country, from all ages and backgrounds – though little Charlotte Reynolds is certainly amongst the youngest!
Pop singer Jessie J famously shaved her locks and donated her hair to the charity in 2013 as part of Comic Relief.
Giving the gift of hair
Charlotte writes on her fundraiser page:
“On February 13th Morag Stewart [local stylist and Midmar resident] will be cutting my hair at an all-school assembly, and my plait will be donated to the Little Princess Trust so that children who have lost their hair can have a wig made with real hair. My family and I want children with cancer to feel as beautiful and strong on the outside as they are on the inside. If my hair can help them to do so, that makes me happy.
It costs The Little Princess Trust approximately £350 to provide a wig, free of charge, to children in need. To buy the wigs on their own would cost the families approximately £2,000!”
At the time of writing, Charlotte’s fundraiser has already raised £350 – no mean feat for a girl who is yet to finish year four. The fundraiser will culminate in Charlotte having her hair cut in front of her teachers and fellow students, in what will surely be a memorable school assembly.