Schoolgirl’s haircut helps two charities

Lucy Rose, 14, pictured with the hair she had cut off for charity
Lucy Rose, 14, pictured with the hair she had cut off for charity

A schoolgirl has raised more than £500 for charity by having seven inches of her hair cut off in memory of her dad who died seven years ago.

Lucy Rose, 14, from Easton-on-the-Hill, organised the sponsored haircut in aid of Marie Curie, a national charity which provides care and support for people living with terminal illnesses.

Not only did she more than double her target of £250, she also arranged to donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust, which provides wigs and hair pieces for children who suffer hair loss due to cancer treatment.

Lucy’s father Michael Rose sadly died in May 2009 aged just 46 after a battle with cancer of the bowel and liver.

The family were supported by Marie Curie nurses during his illness.

Mum Loraine said she was very proud of Lucy, who is a pupil at Casterton College Rutland.

She said: “This was entirely Lucy’s idea. She had lovely long hair and at first I was little apprehensive, but she was adamant she wanted to do it.

“The Little Princess Trust needs donated hair to be at least seven inches long and, because, it is seven years since Lucy’s father died it seemed the right time to do it.

“I’m very proud of her. She has raised a lot of money and far exceeded her target.”

Lucy had her hair cut at Sloanes Hair and Beauty in Uppingham on Saturday. She was accompanied by mum Loraine, sister Alice, 17, and their grandmother.

Lucy said she was delighted with the amount of money she had raised.

She said: “I like my new hair. It’s different, and a lot shorter, and looks good.

“A lot of people donated money and have been very supportive.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/LucyMaeRose24