Inspired by family encounters and a little girl’s story, Eleanor Roby and her daughter wanted to help those suffering hair loss due to chemotherapy treatment.
On February 4, World Cancer Day, the long-haired pair visited Skegness’s Hair Boutique by Jessica salon, to have their locks cut off in aid of the Little Princess Trust.
The Trust, relies solely on the efforts of community fundraisers and is a registered charity, supported by pop star Jessie J, who recently donated her hair.
The charity aids children who have lost hair to cancer or conditions such as alopecia.
When the big day came, after months of fundraising via sponsorship forms and setting up a just giving page, 25-year-old ‘Ellie’ explained how five-year-old daughter Olivia, a pupil at Seathorne Primary School, Ingoldmells, was nervous at first.
However, after Olivia declared: “Mummy can go first”, and watched her mother have her ponytailed hair snipped off, Olivia settled down and embraced the cause.
Ellie’s hair had taken 14 years to reach its long length, last wearing it short at 11 years old, whereas Olivia’s had grown from a baby.
Olivia’s lock of hair measured nine inches and, along with her mother’s, will be sent to the Princess Trust to be made into wigs.
Cash raised from the www.justgiving.com/eleanor-roby page, and sponsors will be used to fund wigs for the trust, smashing their initial target of £250, and raising £1,050 so far.
“I can’t believe how much we have all raised together. It’s fantastic. Thank you all so much for all your support. This will change so many children’s lives”, said Ellie.