A VETERINARY nurse who lost both her mum and brother to cancer last year has donated her lockdown locks to a charity making wigs for young sufferers of the illness.
Carly Newton of White Cross Vets in Sale – as well as colleague Chelsea Foulds – came up with the idea to help the Little Princess Trust in response to Carly’s devastating loss.
The pair had not had a haircut for almost a year and decided to use their return to the salon for good.
They donated about 20 centimetres of hair each, which the charity will now use to make wigs for young sufferers of cancer and other conditions with similar hair colours.
Carly said: “Chelsea and I have very long hair and as soon as I heard about the Little Princess Trust’s work I knew it was a great cause.
“The difference they make to children and young people is incredible.
“It has been brilliant to be able to support them after a horrible year.”
The Little Princess Trust has made more than 8000 wigs since its foundation 15 years ago and Carly was full of praise for the charity.
She said: “It was strange not visiting a salon for so long, but it’s worth it to know our hair will make a genuine difference to someone who is fighting a devastating illness.
“If anything, the fact that after our haircuts some people didn’t recognise us has given us an insight, albeit a small one, into how it must feel for people when they lose all their hair to a cancer treatment.
“There’s no doubt the Little Princess Trust does an amazing job helping to restore children and young people’s confidence and identity, by providing amazing wigs for free, without any formal funding, and solely relying on enthusiastic community fundraisers and donations.”
Carly and Chelsea also raised £570 for the charity on a JustGiving page.