Hair to spare

The Arran Banner - - News - by COLIN SMEETON ed­i­tor@ar­ran­ban­ner.co.uk

When Shisk­ine pri­mary pupil Olivia McNe­ice, dis­cov­ered that there are chil­dren who have lost their hair through ill health she im­me­di­ately of­fered some of her own for wigs.

Hav­ing learned about char­i­ta­ble causes at school and with the help of her aunt, hair­dresser, Ali­son McNe­ice, Olivia de­cided to do­nate her hair to the Lit­tle Princess Trust. The char­ity pro­vides real hair wigs for chil­dren suf­fer­ing with hair loss through can­cer treat­ment.

De­ter­mined

The seven-year-old, who has only had four hair­cuts in her life, re­mained de­ter­mined. Shortly be­fore the school term started, the al­tru­is­tic

tot went to the hair sa­lon in Brod­ick where seven inches of her long blond hair was cut off for use in wigs that are gifted across the UK and Ire­land.

Strug­gled

The Lit­tle Princess Trust was founded in 2006 af­ter a young can­cer suf­ferer, Hanna Tarplee, lost her hair and her par­ents strug­gled to source a child’s wig af­ter re­al­is­ing how much con­fi­dence it would give their daugh­ter.

The trust has since sup­plied thou­sands of chil­dren with wigs while also pro­vid­ing funds for re­search into child­hood can­cers.

With her hair now at shoul­der length Olivia has no re­grets about her de­ci­sion and hopes to be able to give fur­ther do­na­tions when her hair grows back again.

Mum Tina said: ‘Olivia was ex­tremely proud that she was able to help oth­ers and her great­est plea­sure was that she had so much hair, she was able to do­nate two plaits to the worth­while cause.’

Hair to­day, gone to­mor­row, Olivia proudly shows off her two plaits that she do­nated to the Lit­tle Princess Trust.

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