Gift of hair to comfort patients

HAIR CUT: Paige McDonald, 13, holding her pony tail of hair. BELOW ' Paige with her shorter hair, which was styled by Anna Phillips, seen with her. PHOTOS Mike Proudfoot.

HAIR CUT: Paige McDonald, 13, holding her pony tail of hair. BELOW ' Paige with her shorter hair, which was styled by Anna Phillips, seen with her. PHOTOS Mike Proudfoot.

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HAIR loss is devastating at any age, but particularly for children, so when Port St Mary resident Jill Manning found out about the charity Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs out of real hair for children, she donated her own long locks.

‘There are little girls with alopecia and cancer, there are some heart rending little stories,’ said Jill. ‘I read about a five-year-old who will be having hair loss for the rest of her life. I thought it’s something I can do. If I want to grow it out, I can grow it again.’

The trust’s website includes the story of one teenager whose fear of hair loss through treatment for cancer meant she was refusing any drugs. She changed her mind once she saw the quality of wigs provided by the trust.

Jill, 51, has had long hair for all of her life, so having it chopped was a big change.

She went to Di’s hairdressing shop in Port St Mary, whose manager, Diane Russell-Raby, is impressed by the charity’s work and will make further hair donations. Within a few days of Jill’s hair being chopped, Di had Paige McDonald in the chair and her hair has also been donated to the trust.

‘I thought this was a fantastic idea, and contacted the organisation to say the salon is more than happy to send further hair donations to the charity, one of those being Paige McDonald, aged 13, who was happy to go from long to short for such a great cause,’ said Di.

Anyone interested in donating hair – at least seven inches and not permed – can contact Di’s on 830930. See www.littleprincesses.org.uk.

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