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Dominic Bareham, senior reporter
Friday, August 17, 2012
A fundraiser who suffers from a debilitating medical condition is hoping to use her hair to create wigs for children suffering cancer, but first needs to raise money for her charity appeal.
ME sufferer Vicky Bareham, 45, of Taylor Road, Diss is planning to donate some of her long blond hair, which stretches down below her shoulders, to the charity Little Princess Trust which provides real hair wigs for children suffering from cancer and the hair loss condition alopecia.
She said: “I wanted to do somet hing for the community and charity because I have ME and I am unwell a lot of the time, so I thought that growing my hair and donating it to charity was something that I could do.”
However, as part of donating her hair, she also needs to raise money for the trust by running a fundraising campaign and she is appealing to Diss residents and businesses to help her. One idea she has had is to organise a charity event sometime this summer.
The Trust asks that the hair to be cut is 12 inches in length, but Miss Bareham said hers exceeded that limit.
She used to be a very active person until she was struck down by the condition- full name Myalgic Encephalomyelitis- 11 years ago, which causes her extreme exhaustion and joint pain.
She trained as a silversmith and received an award for her work from the then Arts and Humanities Research Board, which is now the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
However, she had to give up work due to the condition and has to spend a few hours a day sleeping or lying down listening to audio books and attends ME clinics in Lowestoft and Norwich.
To donate to Miss Bareham’s appeal, email firstname.lastname@example.org.