Four-year-old do­nates hair to char­ity

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

A KIND-hearted Hayes young­ster has do­nated her hair to chil­dren be­ing treated for can­cer.

Ella Coker, aged four, de­cided she wanted to help The Lit­tle Princess Trust char­ity, which pro­vides real hair wigs to boys and girls, af­ter hear­ing about it from her mother.

Her fam­ily made an ap­point­ment at Chris’s Hair­dressers, in King­shill, and she had eight inches lopped.

Mum He­len said: “Ella was amaz­ing. She felt sorry for her dad as he is bald and she said ‘I’d love to give him my hair’.

“I said peo­ple do ac­tu­ally do that and do­nate their hair to char­ity. She was ask­ing how and why it hap­pens so I showed her the Lit­tle Princess Trust web­site.

“She said she wanted to do it, so within a few weeks she de­cided that was go­ing to hap­pen and we got the fundrais­ing pack online.”

Ella watched videos ex­plain­ing where the hair goes and the rea­sons be­hind it and, with help from fam­ily and friends, raised a spec­tac­u­lar £1,060 with do­na­tions still com­ing in.

Wendy Tarplee-Mor­ris from The Lit­tle Princess Trust praised her ef­forts, say­ing: “It is par­tic­u­larly touch­ing when some­one as young as Ella chooses to make such a brave de­ci­sion to give their hair to another child.

“The num­ber of peo­ple do­nat­ing their hair to the char­ity is on a sharp in­crease, which is en­abling us to help more chil­dren than ever. Well done Ella!”

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n FOR THE CHOP: Ella Coker shows how much hair she lost dur­ing the hair­cut

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