WHEN eight-year-old Alisha Creek decided she was ready for a haircut, she couldn’t bear to think of her lovely locks being dumped in the bin.
So the caring youngster made the decision to help those less fortunate than herself.
Now she is asking people to sponsor her to have 12 inches of her brown tresses chopped off to raise cash for a charity that makes wigs for young people who lose their own hair.
Alisha, from Whaplode, wants to raise about £350 for the Little Princess Trust, as that is the cost of making one wig specially tailored for a youngster whose hair has fallen out as a result of cancer treatment.
The charity was set up in 2005 by the parents of a little girl who died as a result of a tumour after seeing her distress at losing her precious hair.
Since then it has helped more than 1,000 children across the country.
The hair Alisha has cut off will also be donated to the charity.
She said: “I really hope I reach my goal as the charity provides wigs for boys and girls who have lost their own hair because of cancer treatment.”
Alisha’s mum Louise said Alisha first came up with the idea after speaking to relatives in Canada who have donated hair to a similar charity.
She said: “She has got so much hair and it grows so quickly so when it came to thinking about getting it cut this time it seemed a shame to see all that lovely hair go to waste.
“She decided that this would be a nice thing to do.”
Alisha is now hoping she will get her hair cut at Renaissance hair salon in Spalding at the beginning of July, but is hoping to reach her fundraising target before then.
Louise has set up a JustGiving page so people can donate and the total already stands at £90 thanks to family and friends, including her dad Pascal Middlemiss and granddad Steven Creek, who wrote on her JustGiving page: “Grandad’s very proud of you”.
To make a donation, go to https://www.justgiving.com/alisha-hairdonation/