Dozens donate hair to help child cancer battlers

Dawn Hopper has her hair shaved off for charity at Easington Social Welfare Centre, Seaside Lane, Easington Colliery, on Monday, by Angela Johnson of the hairdressing team at East Durham College.
Dawn Hopper has her hair shaved off for charity at Easington Social Welfare Centre, Seaside Lane, Easington Colliery, on Monday, by Angela Johnson of the hairdressing team at East Durham College.
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HAIR’S to a host of volunteers who have donated their locks to help children as they battle cancer.

Thirty-seven people stepped forward to offer their tresses to the Little Princess Trust as an open session was held in aid of the cause.

Dawn Hopper before she had her hair shaved off for charity at Easington Social Welfare Centre, Seaside Lane, Easington Colliery.

Dawn Hopper before she had her hair shaved off for charity at Easington Social Welfare Centre, Seaside Lane, Easington Colliery.

It will now turn the hair into wigs for youngsters who have lost their own as they undergo cancer treatment.

During the course of the session, adults and children visited Easington Social Welfare Centre in Easington Colliery as hairdressing students from East Durham College used their skills to cut off the lengths and then give the volunteers a new look in return for their help.

Girls as young as six were among the crowds, who also took up the offer of blowdries and beauty treatments, which helped raise cash for a series of funds. The event was organised by Dawn Hopper, 32, who combined her donation with sponsorship to have her head shaved, raising more than £330 for the Bradley Lowery’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma Fund, which is supporting a toddler who has the disease.

Dawn said: “It was absolutely amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better day and the East Durham College students just never stopped.

“It was such an unusual thing to do, and I think this was a brilliant idea and people were after more information about what would then happen to the hair.

“The feedback we had from the public was great and the event ran for the full five hours.We’re definitely going to do this every year.”

Dawn’s daughter Grace Brown, seven, friend Jade Saxby, 10, were also among those to donate. A further £27 was raised during the day for Bradley’s fund through activities and £60 for Macmillan.

Dawn, who is a student and volunteers at Healthworks in Easington Colliery, is now turning her attention to planning an 80s disco night with fancy dress, which will be held on Friday, May 3, at the same venue.

Doors will open at 7.15pm and the celebration will include a tuck shop selling old fashioned sweets. Tickets are £3 and can be bought from the hall.