Teen is on a char­ity mis­sion af­ter hair­loss

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

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

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