Grantham schoolgirl donates long locks to children's cancer charity
A ten-year-old schoolgirl has selflessly donated several inches of her long hair to a charity which makes wigs for young cancer patients.
Annabel Saint, of Scarsdale Way, Grantham, decided to grow her hair long a year ago after watching a programme at school about children who lose their hair through illness.
After banishing hair cuts for an entire year, Annabel, a Year 6 pupil at Gonerby Hill Foot Primary School, got 10 inches chopped off earlier this month for The Little Princess Trust, which provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young adults who have lost their own hair due to cancer.
Mum Samantha Saint is proud of her daughter’s selfless act of kindness.
She said: “She researched everything and sent away for the pack from The Little Princess Trust all by herself.
“She thought of others and not just herself.
“I thought she would be nervous on the day of the haircut but she was just excited. Our mobile hairdresser, Carrie Sapstead, cut it or free as it was for charity.
“We have had a few emotional reactions from family and friends about how brave she has been.”
Annabel, who lives at home with dad Jonathan and three-year-old sister Matilda, added: “I feel proud of myself that I have helped girls and boys by having my hair cut to give to them. I have raised lots of money which I am also proud of.”
She was presented with a diamond award and a certificate during a ‘celebrations assembly’ at school. She also got her ears pieced as an extra special present from her proud parents.
Wendy Tarplee-Morris, co-founder of the charity, said: “We are absolutely delighted to hear that Annabel is going to donate an incredible 10 inches of gorgeous hair to The Little Princess Trust.
“It’s such a brave decision to cut off a lot of hair but we are hugely grateful as we can use Annabel’s donated locks to make real hair wigs for children and young people who have lost their own hair as a result of cancer or other medical conditions. Receiving a wig has a profoundly positive effect on those we assist.”
Annabel has already raised over £300 for the trust but hopes to raise more.
To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/annabel-saint