Hospital worker to donate hair to children affected by illness
PUBLISHED: 08:55 27 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:55 27 April 2018
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
A photo of a young girl provided a hospital worker with the inspiration to have her long hair cut short for charity.
The image was of Hannah Tarplee, the late youngster whose parents set up The Little Princess Trust, which provides real hair wigs to children and young adults who have lost their hair through cancer treatment or other illnesses.
Kelly Dasivla, a post room porter at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, said: “I saw the picture in a magazine or online and had to do a double take because she looks so much like my daughter Morgane.
“I thought then that I would have my long hair cut off to help the charity.
“You can’t get wigs on the NHS and The Little Princess Trust gives them free of charge, which is lovely because it’s one less thing for parents to worry about.”
Mrs Dasivla, 40, last had her hair short five years ago and will go for the chop again on Saturday, July 5.
Opium Hair Design in St Peter’s Road, West Lynn, is doing the haircut free of charge and is currently holding a raffle fundraiser with £1 entries having the chance to win a cut and blow dry.
Alongside the donation of the hair, Mrs Dasivla hopes to raise at least £500, which is the cost of making a wig.
She added: “My husband loves my hair but I’ve told him I can grow it back.”
Anyone wishing to make a donation towards Mrs Dasivla’s fundraising can do so at Opium Hair Design.
Hereford-based charity The Little Princess Trust was set up in 2006 by Hannah Tarplee’s parents after she was diagnosed with Wilms tumour and passed away in 2005.
They wanted to provide specialist real hair children’s wigs after finding it difficult to find a high quality wig for their daughter.
The charity has since helped thousands of children across the UK and many have cut their hair for the charity, including youngsters in Norfolk.
For more information about The Little Princess Trust, visit: www.littleprincesses.org.uk.