Six kind-hearted people have shown they’re a cut above the rest by helping children affected by cancer.
A six-year old girl was one of the best – persuading families and friends to join her in her efforts to help others.
Losing your hair can be one of the unfortunate side-effects of treatment for the life-threatening condition. But a charity, The Little Princess Trust, offers these youngsters wigs made from real hair, which would otherwise cost around £2000 to buy.
However, the charity needs people willing to donate their shorn locks to make the individual hairpieces.
And that’s where our six local heroes came in.
Little Lennon-Marie Kerr is only six, but she persuaded family and friends to join her in having their long tresses cut off.
She told proud mum Maxine Jack that “she wanted to help make the sick little girls and boys feel happy”.
Maxine, of Laurieston, added: “She has melted everyone’s hearts with her kindness.”
Lennon-Marie and the four who joined her – Mia Pringle (8), of Grangemouth; Sofie Perby (33), of Brightons; Cheryl Mitchell (33), of Larbert; and Carol Stevenson (29), of Mid Calder – had their hair cut at Falkirk salon Couper & Co, where staff donated their services free of charge.
Mia had seven inches cut, Cheryl nine, Sofie and Carol 12 and Lennon-Marie 12.5 inches,
They were all sponsored to have their hair shorn and by the start of next month hope to have reached a £2000 target.
Beauty therapist Sara Guzik (28) knows more than most about the effects of losing your hair.
She said: “I have suffered from alopecia from a young age and still get upset about the small patches I have left, so can really empathise that these poor wee kiddies are losing all of their hair!”
Sara, of Polmont, works in the Renella salon in Falkirk and was in the expert hands of managing director Ross Miller (37) when she had her eight-inch ponytail cut off.
Afterwards she said: “I really love my new hairstyle – although it’s definitely a lot cooler, so perhaps I should have done this at a different time of year. But it’s definitely been worth it.”
Her efforts have raised £240 to date with the total still rising.
*To find out more about donating hair, visit wwww.littleprincessestrust.org.uk or call the special donation hotline on 07528 412855.