Woman’s close shave to help suffering children

Laura White, from Chinnor, is having her hair cut off for charity
Laura White, from Chinnor, is having her hair cut off for charity

A Chinnor woman who has spent years growing her hair is preparing to have it cut off and donated to charity.

Freelance publisher Laura White decided to grow her hair a few years ago so she could donate it to the Little Princess Trust, which provides wigs and hair pieces for children who suffer hair loss due to cancer treatment.

The 24 year old is hoping to have around 10 inches of hair to donate after having it cut next Thursday (December 5).

Miss White, a former pupil of Thame’s Lord Williams’s School and Chinnor’s Mill Lane School, said she decided to donate her hair to the charity because she thought it would be ‘a really lovely thing to do’.

She said: “I was really touched by the story of the Little Princess Trust.

“Hair loss is stressful for anyone. I cannot imagine the distress of being a child undergoing treatment for a potentially terminal illness and having your hair fall out.

“Children struggle with worrying that they are not like everyone else as it is, losing their hair must be very difficult.

“I thought a donation of this sort makes a real, direct impact on a child’s everyday life, when these children are constantly having to be so brave.”

Families can often not afford real hair wigs, which can cost more than £1,000, and false wigs are sometimes described as unrealistic and uncomfortable.

The trust was in the spotlight earlier this year when pop star Jessie J donated her hair to the charity.

You can find out more about the trust and donate through Miss White’s Just Giving page.