10 year old Maisie Reynolds of Murton, Country Durham, has selflessly donated several inches of her hair to a national hair losscharity.
Schoolgirl Maisie was motivated to make her donation after witnessing her grandmother Christine wearing wigs during her battle with breast cancer, and has now given her twelve inch plait to The Little Princess Trust, an organisation which provides real hair wigs to children undergoing chemotherapy, as well as those experiencing other hair loss conditions such as the auto-immune condition Alopecia Areata.
“I’m really excited because I really want to donate my hair,” Maisie said before her haircut. “My nana had cancer and I want to help others.”
Maisie’s kind gesture has not only helped others but inspired others to follow in her footsteps – her cousin, Jordan Emmerson, is now also planning to donate her own hair to the charity. In addition to this, Tracey Fletcher, the owner of Revive Hair and Beauty, where Maisie’s hair was cut, is offering an incentive for even more people to get involved. “If [customers] are willing to donate at least seven inches, we won’t charge them for the haircut,” she declared. Tracey herself has been involved with the Little Princess Trust’s work since she received a letter at her salon saying that they were struggling to generate donations, and has been promoting the charity on her salon’s Facebook page, where she says it has received “quite a lot of interest.”
Maisie’s hair will undoubtedly be a huge help to the work of the Little Princess Trust. Since the creation of the charity in 2006, they have provided more than 1,200 children throughout the UK and Ireland with bespoke, high quality wigs, and continue to campaign for more volunteers to emulate Maisie’s kind gesture and donate their hair (or their time and efforts) to the cause.
Charity manager Monica Glass commented: “On behalf of everyone connected with the Little Princess Trust, I would like to thank Maisie for choosing to support the charity in this way. It is truly heartening to hear of someone so young thinking of others first … I am sure her family and friends are very proud of her and rightly so. This donation will help us to provide even more wigs to children that have sadly lost their own hair.”
The Belgravia Centre sponsors and supports The Little Princess Trust in their endeavours, and we would like to congratulate Maisie on her efforts and encourage others to follow in her footsteps. If you would like to find out more about the charity and how you can show your support, visit the Little Princess Trust website for further details.