Norwich sisters to donate their hair after being inspired by late friend

From left: Abbie Mann, 10, Amber Mann, 6, and Paige Mann, 10. Picture: Deanne Mann

From left: Abbie Mann, 10, Amber Mann, 6, and Paige Mann, 10. Picture: Deanne Mann - Credit: Deanne Mann

A trio of sisters from Norwich are donating their hair to a wig charity after being inspired by their late friend.

Sprowston Junior school pupils Abbie and Paige Mann, both 10, along with younger sister Amber Mann, six, will to donating their hair to the Little Princess Trust at a sponsored hair cut in the Castle Mall.

The girls have been inspired to donate after their friend Emily Gibbson died from leukaemia in May 2016.

The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer treatment. The sisters saw how the charity was able to help Emily by supplying her with a wig.

The sisters wanted to donate their hair last year but were unable to because it was not long enough. To donate, hair must be seven inches long so the girls decided to wait.

Twin sisters Abbie and Paige are looking forward to the cut, Abbie said: 'My hair grows back. So to know I can give it to someone who has lost their hair is amazing.'

The girls have been taking sponsorships for the cut which will go towards Beads of Courage, a charity that gives children a colourful bead after each of their treatments, to mark milestones and to help tell their story.

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Sprowston Infant School pupil Amber said: 'I like the idea someone else is going to have my lovely, beautiful long hair. By donating my hair it means I can share it with someone else.'

Mother of the sisters and organiser Deanne Mann said: 'At the moment we have two adults taking part on the day with another having her cut before, along with my daughters and two other children.

'Anyone with seven inches of hair can come and have it donated or some of the boys are doing brave the shave and just getting sponsored.

'We have a target of raising £600 but that's because we have no idea how much we can raise. Hopefully each child can raise £100 each but I think we can smash it, every single penny raised will go to charity.'

The event will take place from 11am on Saturday, May 20 in the Castle Mall.

As well as the hair cuts, a tombola, children's activities and a cake sale are taking place. If you would like to get involved by having your hair cut contact Mrs Mann on 07851 874360.

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