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By BEN WOODS
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
It can transform your look, or leave you hiding under a hat.
But for 10-year-old Alice Collyer a new haircut has become an act of kindness to help improve a child’s life.
The youngster from Ilketshall St Margaret, near Beccles, decided to cut off her long-flowing locks to support the Little Princess Charity, which provides real-hair wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment.
And as well as donating her hair, she has also raised more than £390 to pay for the wig to be created.
Alice’s mum, Linda Nobbs, said she was extremely proud of her daughter’s achievement and hopes the wig can make a real difference to a child’s happiness.
She said: “We just got talking about Alice having her hair shorter and then we thought, if she was getting it cut then we should try and get some money for it.
“We just looked on the internet and came across the Little Princess Trust that makes real-hair wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer treatment. That was when the seed was sown and everything developed from there.
“I just think that for her to have that caring attitude, for someone so young, and to make that decision, makes me very proud of her.
“I just hope she continues to grow up being such a caring person.” Alice embraced her fundraising experience at 2pm on Saturday when she had her haircut at Tops Hairdressers in Bungay.
It comes after she spent weeks encouraging her friends and family to reach into their pockets and donate to her cause.
Describing her experience through a blog on fundraising website Just Giving, Alice wrote: “I would feel very upset and hide myself away from everyone if I lost my hair. I have the ability to grow my hair back, whereas a child with alopecia hasn’t and a child receiving cancer treatment has enough to cope with without worrying about how they look with no hair.”
She added: “Just had the chop I look a bit weird, but hopefully my hair can go to another child that needs it more than me. So, overall, I am happy.”
If you would like to make a donation to Alice Collyer’s cause then visit her page on charity website Just Giving at www.justgiving.com/Alice-Collyer