INSPIRED BY BRAVE KIDS
Malise moved to cut hair for charity
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