Lost locks lead to nearly £3,000 raised for Irthlingborough charity

Chelsea's Angels has thanked everyone who took part in the fundraiser
Chelsea's Angels has thanked everyone who took part in the fundraiser

A charity has thanked all its supporters who bravely lost their locks to help others.

Chelsea’s Angels, the Irthlingborough-based charity set up in memory of Chelsea Knighton who lost her battle with childhood cancer neuroblastoma in 2009, made an appeal earlier this year for anyone willing to have their hair cut for a good cause.

A number of volunteers came forward, including Charlotte Warboys of Wellingborough.

She had her hair cut last week and the hair will now be donated to the Little Princess Trust, which uses real hair to create wigs for boys and girls undergoing treatment for cancer.

The efforts of Charlotte, who has not had her hair cut for about five years, and the other volunteers has seen nearly £3,000 raised for Chelsea’s Angels.

Michelle Tomkins from the charity said: “We had seven people take part and to date they have raised £2,951.

“We were absolutely overwhelmed with the amount of people that came forward to support two charities and the amount raised is amazing.”

Chelsea’s one wish before she died was for her family to help other poorly children like her and this led to Chelsea’s Angels being set up in 2010.

Since then, the Irthlingborough-based charity has raised thousands of pounds and worked tirelessly to help other youngsters going through treatment and their families.

One of the ways it helps families is through buying something to put a smile on the child’s face or by offering financial support to the family.

This could be to cover costs such as fuel to get to and from hospital appointments, or to cover bills or mortgage payments.

They also donate care packs to youngsters being treated at Leicester Royal Infirmary where Chelsea was treated.

For more information about Chelsea’s Angels and its work helping families of children being treated for cancer, go to www.chelseasangels.co.uk.