Eight inch hair chop will benefit children with cancer
Children with cancer who lose their hair during treatment will benefit from a Great Yarmouth woman's decision to have her long locks cut.
Centre 81 member Lorraine Pearce decided that after 30 years of having long hair she was ready for the chop, but wanted something positive and good to come from it.
So she donated her eight-inch ponytail to the Little Princess Trust to be made into wigs for boys and girls suffering hair loss.
She also collected sponsors for the big cut to raise money for Centre 81’s appeal for a new building to recognise its work.
“I come to Centre 81 every day and I’ve been coming for years – for as long as I can remember. I wanted to do something to help the appeal,” said Lorraine, who has used a wheelchair all her life.
“I’d had such long hair for so long and thought, if I am going to have it cut, I wanted something to be done with it. I didn’t want it to just lie on the floor and be chucked away if there was a chance it could be of use.”
Her friend searched the internet and discovered the Little Princess Trust, which takes hair at least seven inches long and makes into wigs for children suffering hair loss, usually from going through cancer treatment.
The charity has now helped thousands of boys and girls, working with suppliers throughout the UK and Ireland, to make real hair wigs.
Lorraine, who lives independently and travels by herself in her chair to Centre 81, raised £122.00 for Centre 81 on Tar Works Road, where she goes every day for lunch and to take part in its activities and use their facilities.
“My mum and dad brought me up to be independent. I have always been in a wheelchair. If I could do something to help and raise money for Centre 81, all the better.” Lorraine added.
“I enjoy the outings they organise and the activities. I go on the computer. We’re already rehearsing for our pantomime A Lad In this year. I’m playing the parrot.”