In­spired by pal to lose our locks

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By He­len Fair­ley

An 11-year-old Ash­ford girl has been in­spired to lop off her long locks by a school friend’s cancer bat­tle.

Holly Hills and mum Sally are both hav­ing dras­tic hair­cuts to raise money for Blood­wise, a char­ity that helps peo­ple liv­ing with the dis­ease.

The pair de­cided to go short af­ter St Mary’s Pri­mary pupil Holly’s school friend Fred­die New­ing was di­ag­nosed with leukaemia last July.

Fred­die’s ex­pe­ri­ence, which has been reg­u­larly fea­tured in the Ken­tish Ex­press, isn’t the Hills’ first brush with cancer. Sally, 34, faced her own health cri­sis when she faced leukaemia in 2011.

Aged just 29 and with two young chil­dren, Sally fought through chemo­ther­apy and, five years on, is in re­mis­sion.

How­ever, she vividly re­mem­bers the im­pact of los­ing her hair.

“My son Wil­liam, who was three, wouldn’t talk to me un­less I had a wig or a hat on,” she said.

“Peo­ple do have a habit of star­ing. It makes it very vis­i­ble. Be­fore the hair goes peo­ple don’t re­alise you have cancer, but then ev­ery­one knows” Sally, who works for her hus- band’s busi­ness Road­side Res­cue Ltd, said she is re­ally proud of blond Holly for mak­ing such a bold state­ment and for do­nat­ing her hair to The Lit­tle Princess Trust.

“Not many chil­dren of that age would be will­ing to do that, but Holly knows how im­por­tant a wig is. She wants a lit­tle girl or boy to have her hair.”

The Hills’ hair­cut is tak­ing place on Fri­day, June 4, and you can spon­sor the pair via www. just­giv­­ing/ Sally-Hills1

Blood­wise (for­merly Leukaemia and Lym­phoma Re­search) sup­ports peo­ple with leukaemia, lym­phoma, myeloma and other blood dis­or­ders.

The Lit­tle Princess Trust pro­vides real hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ire­land that have lost their own hair through cancer treat­ment.

Sally Hills and daugh­ter Holly are hav­ing their long hair cut off to raise money for Blood­wise, af­ter be­ing in­spired by Fred­die New­ing, who was di­ag­nosed with leukaemia

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