Girl gives up her hair which will be made into wigs

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Goolis­tan Cooper ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­

AN EIGHT-year-old girl from Ick­en­ham is pre­par­ing to cut off her long locks so they can be used to make wigs for sick boys and girls.

Lily Walsh (pic­tured above) has been grow­ing her hair, which comes down to the mid­dle of her back, for two years.

But the kind-hearted girl, who goes to Break­s­pear School, in Ick­en­ham, has de­cided to chop it and do­nate it to the Lit­tle Princess Trust – a char­ity which pro­vides real-hair wigs to boys and girls who have lost their own hair through can­cer.

She said: “I have wanted to raise money for char­ity for a while now and when I heard about the Lit­tle Princess Trust I asked my mum and dad if I could do­nate my hair.

“I have been grow­ing it for two years now and I love it. But I’ve de­cided to cut it into a short bob and share it with some­one who needs it more than me be­cause all girls de­serve to feel pretty!

“Although I am send­ing the char­ity my hair, it ac­tu­ally costs the char­ity £350 to make one wig for a child, which is why I’m hop­ing to raise money too.”

Mum Keri Walsh, who also has two boys aged six and one, said she strug­gled to con­vey how proud she was of her daugh­ter.

She said: “She’s gen­er­ally a kind kid and is con­stantly look­ing for ways to help peo­ple.

“The thought of chil­dren not hav­ing their own hair be­cause they were sick com­pletely blew her away. When she asked if she could cut her hair for the char­ity I was brim­ming with pride and my hus­band Bren­dan was chuffed to bits with her.”

The hair­cut will take place on Fe­bru­ary 12, one day be­fore school breaks for half-term, so that Lily can show off her new look to friends.

Break­s­pear School, in Bushey Road, is also throw­ing its support be­hind Lily, putting up posters in its halls and cor­ri­dors and hold­ing a spe­cial assem­bly to drum up pub­lic­ity.

So far Lily has col­lected £150. Any­one want­ing to do­nate can visit her Just Giv­ing page at www.just­giv­­lyWalsh.

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