AN INSPIRATIONAL little girl has donated 11 inches of her beautiful blonde hair to a children’s cancer charity to honour the memory of her grandmother.
Kind-hearted Charleigh Jones made the brave decision to donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust after the death of her nan, who she was very close to.
Charleigh’s grandmother especially loved her seven-year-old granddaughter’s hair and refused to let her mum, Emma, have it cut short.
But thoughtful Charleigh wanted to share the gift of her flaxen hair with other children who have lost their own through lifesaving treatment.
The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children across the UK and Ireland who have lost their own hair.
The seven-year-old bid her golden locks goodbye at The Hair Factory in Moons Moat, with hairdresser Maria Collins brandishing the scissors.
The Woodrow First School pupil has so fair raised £240 and is £90 away from her target of £350, which would cover the cost of a wig for a child.
Proud mum Emma said: “My mum loved Charleigh’s hair and after Charleigh saw other people donating their hair to the charity on YouTube she decided she would do it in remembrance of her nan.”
Emma added her daughter had said she wanted to donate her locks to help make other boys and girls feel ‘beautiful’ again after losing their own hair.
Emma said: “She was up at 7am on the day because she was so excited and she was so brave during the cut, she just took it all on her shoulders and dealt with it. It’s a big thing for a seven-year-old to deal with, it’s such a big transformation and I really could not be prouder of her.”
The family extended their thanks to everyone who has donated and Emma said she felt humbled by people’s generosity.
She added: “There are still very kind people in the world.”
Visit http://bit.ly/1SC9bPa to support Charleigh and the Little Princess Trust.