A big hearted eight-year-old Hailsham girl has donated her long locks to a cancer charity and helped raise funds for Children’s Respite Fund at the same time.
Terri-Louise Clarke, who attends Park Mead Primary School, decided she wanted to donate her hair to a good cause.
Her proud mum Alexa Clarke told the Gazette, “She came home one day and she said, ‘I want all my hair cut off, someone else can have it because I don’t need it, mine will grow back’.”
Alexa said, “I was completely shocked but said I would look in to it and found the Little Princess Trust.”
The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have sadly lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
Alexa said Terri-Louise knows people who have suffered with cancer and has seen how they lose their hair as a result of the treatment so wanted to do something to help.
Alexa added, “I had seen lots of people doing things for The Little Princess Trust so I asked Terri if she wanted to raise money for a different charity - maybe something a bit closer to home.
“I found out more about The Children’s Respite Trust and when I showed her the video she just said, ‘yes, that is the one’.”
The family set up a Virgin Money page and Terri-Louise started getting sponsorship for her haircut. To date, she has raised nearly £1,000 for the charity.
The Children’s Respite Trust supports families of children with disabilities and is based in East Hoathly. It supports children across Sussex and Kent.
Young Terri had her hair cut off at an assembly at her primary school with the support of her classmates, teachers and her parents.
Alexa said, “She was very nervous on the morning. She is such a bubbly girl but the morning before she had it cut she was very quiet and thoughtful.”
The hair was wash and plaited before being cut and then sent off to the charity.
Gavin Fisher, chief executive of The Children’s Respite Trust, attended the event and told the school pupils about the charity and it work. He also thanked Terri for her kind fundraising work.
Mum Alexa, who has two other daughters, said, “Her six-year-old sister wanted all her hair cut off the next day because she wanted to look like Terri.
“Her hair was very long too but, unfortunately it wasn’t long enough to send to the charity.”
Terri’s family and friends celebrated her fundraising achievements with a barbecue at the weekend.
Alexa said, “We wanted to do something to say thank you to everyone who sponsored her.”
Laura Murphy, a family friend who supported Terri, told the Gazette, “It’s a really big thing to do for an eight-year-old girl.
“Very mature and thoughtful.”
To donate visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com and search for Terri-Louise Clarke.
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