Teen is on a charity mission after hairloss
AFAMILY who are fundraising for the charity which supported them in their hour of need have smashed their target.
Lucy Whalley, 16, was devastated when she had a sudden and unexpected bout of alopecia, causing all of her hair to fall out within 10 days.
But she said a new wig, provided free of charge by the Little Princess Trust, helped her regain her confidence and ultimately, overcome the condition.
Lucy, who is a student at All Hallows Catholic College and lives in Sutton with mum Lorraine, dad Robert and sister Grace, 15, said: “It was horrible.
“I would be sat in school and I would go to run my hands through my hair and pull a clump out, and I would notice it in the shower, by the end it had all gone apart from two tufts.
“People started to notice and I couldn’t tie my hair up, by mid-September I just had two patches and had to wear a scarf to cover it up.
“I felt self conscious and that people were looking at me.”
Lucy’s alopecia was brought on as she struggled to juggle her school, GCSEs and her part time job, and was getting worse the more she worried about it.
Luckily the Little Princess Trust paid for Lucy to have a wig until her own hair grew back.
She said: “Getting the wig was just so easy and I’m so grateful. That’s why we wanted to give something back so that other people can benefit from it.”
Lucy’s mum Lorraine, who works as a hairdresser, said: “Lucy became very withdrawn and was walking around with her head down, but as soon as she put on the wig it transformed her personality.
“She was much more confident to face peers and to face life.
“At £350 the wigs aren’t cheap and we were worrying about how we were going to pay for it.
“We had never heard of the Little Princess Trust until the lady in the shop told us about it.”
To say thank you to the charity and raise awareness, the family set about raising enough money to buy a new wig but managed to raise £1,000 after taking part in the Manchester 10k.
Lorraine said: “We just want to say thank you to the charity and the people who have supported and sponsored us. It’s really transformed Lucy and us as a family.”
To sponsor the family go to justgiving.com/ lorrainewhalley
●● Lucy, left, with mum Lorraine, dad Robert and sister Grace, 15, who ran the Manchester 10k together for Little Princess Trust