Sunderland schoolgirl donates hair to charity

Ten-year-old Connie Simmons, from Southwick, Sunderland, with the hair she is donating to be made into wigs. Her grandmother Christine McGovern died of cancer in February 2012, and Connie has been inspired to help others receiving treatment.
Ten-year-old Connie Simmons, from Southwick, Sunderland, with the hair she is donating to be made into wigs. Her grandmother Christine McGovern died of cancer in February 2012, and Connie has been inspired to help others receiving treatment.
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A SCHOOLGIRL has donated seven inches of her hair to help others.

Ten-year-old Connie Simmons, of Southwick, made the sacrifice to support the Little Princess Trust, which provides real-hair wigs to children suffering hair loss.

“I was a bit nervous,” she said. “But I’m happy to lose my hair for a good cause and to help people.”

Mum Claire McGovern said: “For her to be only 10 and think this way is brilliant.

“Obviously I’m going to miss her lovely hair but it’s for a good cause. She wants to skydive for charity when she’s 16.”

The Grange Park Primary School pupil was inspired by her grandma Christine McGovern, who 
died of cancer in February, aged 58.

Since then Connie she has also raised more than £400 for Macmillan nurses.

Launched in 2006, the Little Princess Trust provides individually tailored wigs for children suffering from cancer and conditions such as alopecia.

To date, it has helped more than 1,200 children throughout the UK and Ireland.

Charity manager Monica Glass said: “The Little Princess Trust helps children that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment, by providing a real-hair wig, free of charge.

“This real-hair wig is supplied to match, as close as possible, the sick child’s original hair colour.

“It is through such kind actions and donations by people like Connie that the trust can continue its work.

“A wig for a family costs the charity around £350 and generous fund-raisers help us provide this. However, as a result of donations of hair, like that from brave Connie, the Trust receives a number of free wigs, which we can then pass on to families in need.”

For more information visit www.littleprincesses.org.uk.

The White Salon, in Sea Road, Fulwell, is offering a free haircut to anyone donating seven inches or more.

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