Erin takes the chop for charity

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Erin takes the chop for charity thumbnailLITTLE Erin Walters from Riverside, Bessbrook is donating her hair and raising funds to make wigs for children with cancer. NM1721

A LITTLE girl from Bessbrook has taken the brave decision to cut her hair in order to help young people who suffer from cancer.
Nine-year-old, Erin Walters will be giving her hair donation to the Little Princess Trust who make real-hair wigs for boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have sadly lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
As well as donating her hair, the Mullaghglass Primary School pupil has raised almost 400 for the charity despite the Trust telling Erin that her hair donation would be enough.
Erin's mum, Sonia, said that she still doesn't know where she got the idea.
“I honestly don't know," she said. "She came home from school one day and said she wanted to cut her hair off and I just said 'no'.
“Then she kept going on and I asked her why she wanted to do it and she said she wanted to do it for little boys and girls who have got cancer. I don't know where she got the idea.
“One day she came home with a cut out from a paper that her teacher gave her and it showed another girl from England who had done it too.
“So we wrote the Little Princess Trust asking about sponsorship. They said we didn't have to raise money and that the hair would be enough but she has raised about 400 so far. We're all very proud of her."
Erin raised the money by bringing her sponsor forms into school, around her family members and through her mum and dad's work colleagues.
Sonia plans to have Erin's hair cut by a hairdresser on Saturday, May 3, and explained that the Little Princess Trust ask for at least seven inches of hair.
“Her hair would be half way down her back. They require seven inches of hair as a minimum and she has around eight inches, so it will be basically cut from around the top of her ponytail," she said.
The Little Princess Trust is a children's cancer charity and their mission is to supply real-hair wigs to children suffering with cancer, for the duration of their treatment.
In addition, the Trust also assists children with other conditions which also result in hair loss, the most common being alopecia. Despite being set up to help children with cancer, the Trust is able to supply children that do not have a cancer diagnosis with one wig.
Since its inception in 2006, the charity has now helped over 2,200 boys and girls and work with suppliers throughout the UK and Ireland, all of whom supply beautiful wigs.

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