A kind-hearted eight-year-old has chopped off her long locks to help young cancer sufferers and raise money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
Ellie Moran set a £300 target for the charity hair cut and has raised more than £1,000 for the town’s local hospice. She took part in the challenge because her grandad is suffering from the disease and is has lost his hair as a result of the treatment.
Before the haircut, which took place at Mahayana Hair Design on July 14, Ellie said, “I have been growing my hair for lots of years and I love my long flowing hair so much and I get really upset when I have to have my hair cut but, I’m going to do something really brave.
“Last October my grandad was diagnosed with cancer, my mum and dad explained to me what cancer was and how this might affect my grandad, they told me that the medicine that would help grandad might make him feel very poorly for a little while, they also brought be a book called the Hare that Lost his Hair to try and help me understand. My grandad was poorly and did lose some of his hair but I understood that it was all to make this nasty cancer go away.”
Her hair will be donated to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides real hair wigs to young cancer sufferers who have lost their hair through treatment.
Ellie, sponsored by her friends at Oakwood School and family, said, “I told my grandad I was going to do this and I asked him who he would like me to raise money for and he said St Wilfrid’s Hospice. I am really lucky to have my grandad and I love him so much, I know he will be so proud of me so I’d like to raise as much money as possible.”
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