A teenager is preparing to cut off her long locks for a charity which helps youngsters who lose their hair while having treatment for cancer.
Charlotte Warboys of Wellingborough has agreed to say goodbye to her long hair so it can be donated to the Little Princess Trust, which uses real hair to create wigs for boys and girls undergoing treatment.
The teenager decided she wanted to do this last year and when she saw a recent appeal by Chelsea’s Angels to get a team of volunteers together who would be happy to have their hair cut for a good cause, she was the first to volunteer.
And the Irthlingborough-based charity, which was set up in memory of Chelsea Knighton who lost her battle with neuroblastoma in 2009, is hoping other people will join Charlotte as she shows her support for the fundraiser.
Charlotte’s brother Jack, nine, had help from Chelsea’s Angels after he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2014.
It is now eight months since he had a bone marrow transplant from brother Lewis and it is hoped that Jack will be able to go back to school after half-term, although it will not be full-time for now.
Charlotte wants to give something back to help other families who are going through the same as they have had to endure while supporting Jack with his fight against cancer.
Her mum Tracey said she was proud of Charlotte for doing this, but added: “I am proud of them all.
“Jack lost his hair and people say it’s different for boys to lose their hair than with girls, but it’s still hard.
“You go on the oncology ward and there’s lots of children with no hair.
“I just think it’s really nice to give something back and make something of it as it would just end up on the floor of the hairdressers otherwise.”
Charlotte, whose last hair cut was about five years ago, has said she doesn’t mind having her hair cut off and will probably have it cut to her shoulder.
Chelsea’s mum Emma Knighton and her cousin Michelle Tomkins are really keen to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer to have their hair cut or shaved off for the Little Princess Trust.
As well as Charlotte, they have another volunteer from Northampton but they really want to get as many people involved as possible.
Anyone who would like to take part in the fundraiser can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Chelsea’s Angels and its work helping families of children being treated for cancer, go to www.chelseasangels.co.uk.