10-year-old goes for the chop to raise cash for charity

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Ten-year-old Nuala O’Rourke from Eastbourne had 12 inches of her hair cut off – and donated it, with £669.50 cash, to The Little Princess Trust.

The Little Princess Trust provide free real hair wigs to children who have lost their hair through cancer treatment or other illnesses.

Mum Helen said, “Nuala is in Year 6 at Ocklynge Junior school. Last year, one of her school friends lost her mum to cancer. Nuala wanted to do something to help, and she realised that she could donate her hair to help someone.

“This is particularly meaningful as her own Grandma has alopecia, so Nuala has an idea of what it is like to not have hair; however, she is very pragmatic and realises that she is very lucky and her hair can grow back again.

“She wanted to raise money as well for the charity, as although they provide wigs from donated hair, the trust have to buy in wigs as well at a cost of £350, so this was her original goal; however, she smashed this target very early, and decided to double it. She is now very close to this.

“I am very proud of her. She is still getting used to her hair length but loves the fact it doesn’t take as long to dry or brush!

“She had her haircut by Kumi from Kumi and Sam hair salon, 8 Gildredge Road, Eastbourne, who donated the charge of the haircut to charity, as well as hosting a cake sale on the day, so a big thank you to her too.”