A long-haired teen from Kettering who had refused to have her hair cut down to her waist is set to donate her entire head of hair to a cancer charity.
Southfield School student Keira Dell has raised money for her hair to make a wig for teens, to help those who lose their hair while being treated for cancer or other conditions.
The 13-year-old was inspired to take up the fight after seeing an advertisement for The Little Princess Trust, which showed how they give free human hair wigs to children and young people up to the age of 24.
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In addition to the haircut, Keira has set up a fundraising page to help cover the cost of the wig.
Keira’s mother Roxi Barnett said: “Ever since Keira was little, she always wanted to have long hair and only let the hairdresser take off a ‘little bit’.
“However, at the beginning of the year, she learned that charities are making wigs for children with cancer.
“She decided to donate her hair and ask for sponsorship towards the cost of making the wig, which usually costs £550.”
Keira Dell (inset how long her hair got)
After examining the wigs, Keira found that the charity is asking for hair lengths of 16 inches or longer and has now scheduled the cut between Christmas and the New Year.
Roxi said: “I’m obviously very proud of Keira who has always been charitable and kind. I know this will be a great sacrifice for her and I hope the joy she gets from going will last longer than the time she takes needed to regrow her hair.”
Keira said: “For years I’ve seen ads on TV for cancer research and I was always moved by people donating to organizations to help.
“I want to do my part to help, so I want to do something that will help someone who has lost their hair.
“By cutting my hair and donating it, I will help a cancer survivor feel like themselves again. By sponsoring me, the charity can use not only my hair to make a wig, but the money that you donate will also help make it.”