IN­SPIRED BY BRAVE KIDS

Malise moved to cut hair for char­ity

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

A Cam­bus­lang teenager who spent time with young can­cer pa­tients and a tod­dler who suf­fered a stroke will next week cut her hair to sup­port two life­line char­i­ties.

Malise Cullen has vowed to chop off her long locks to raise money for the Royal Hospi­tal for Sick Chil­dren and will hand over her hair to the Lit­tle Princess Trust, which makes wigs for chil­dren with can­cer.

The 14 year old has been in­spired to un­der­take the chal­lenge af­ter her own ill­ness caused her to at­tend the Go­van hospi­tal on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Malise, a stu­dent of Trin­ity High School, con­tracted a virus at the end of 2015 which caused re­ac­tive arthri­tis to flare up in her knee. The con­di­tion forced her to re­peat­edly at­tend the hospi­tal for phys­io­ther­apy over a four-month pe­riod.

But she says this was no hard­ship com­pared to what she wit­nessed other young­sters suf­fer at the hospi­tal.

She said: “One time when I went there, there was a wee boy who was two or three and he was cry­ing be­cause he re­ally didn’t want to go in. I felt to sad about that be­cause of how young he was and how sad it was that such young peo­ple are suf­fer­ing like that.

“See­ing all the chil­dren with can­cer re­ally moved me and in­spired me to do­nate my hair for a child’s wig.

“It will be cut into a short bob. I have al­ways had long hair, so I’m a bit scared.

“The Lit­tle Princess Trust is good be­cause when chil­dren have can­cer, a wig can make them feel hap­pier.”

Malise will lose her brown locks next Fri­day, April 29, when she un­der­goes the scis­sors dur­ing her lunch break at school.

She hopes her brav­ery will in­spire class­mates, friends and fam­ily to spon­sor her and help her reach the £1,000 tar­get she has set.

The teenager has al­ready won the sup­port of Mor­ri­son’s su­per­mar­ket and the Royal Bank of Scot­land in Cam­bus­lang, which will put out col­lec­tion buck­ets on Fri­day.

Eleanor Cullen, Malise’s mother, said she was thrilled to see her daugh­ter dis­play such a strong sense of char­ity.

She said: “I’m in­cred­i­bly proud of her. She is the youngest of four and they all have so­cial aware­ness, but the hospi­tal vis­its had a pro­found ef­fect.

“She at­tended physio and saw chil­dren with hair loss. She felt her ill­ness was noth­ing in com­par­i­son to what other chil­dren were suf­fer­ing, chil­dren who had lost limbs and had can­cer. It had a big ef­fect on her, she wanted to give back to the hospi­tal.

“She did some Google searches to see if there was some­thing she could do, she did it en­tirely by her­self... this has been a solo mis­sion.”

To spon­sor Malise log on to www. justgiv­ing.com/Malise-Cullen

Chop Malise will lose her long locks

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