Stacey's big idea for children battling cancer
A woman coping with a rare neurological disorder is setting aside her troubles to help children with cancer.
Former PCSO Stacey Hefford (27) often has several days a week when, in her words, she's "too ill to function".
That isn't stopping Stacey from donating 12-15 inches of her beautiful, blonde hair to The Little Princess Trust - which makes real hair wigs for children who have lost their own hair due to cancer.
Stacey, from Sutton St James, is also fundraising for the charity because it costs around £550 to make a real hair wig.
She suffers from hemicrania continua, an incurable condition leading to constant daily head and facial pain that varies in severity.
"It's disabling at times and sometimes I can't get out of bed," said Stacey.
Stacey and her family have funded two private sessions of treatment - by coincidence each costing £550 - and involving 39 injections.
But Stacey says: "Unfortunately I can't have any more treatment due to cost."
She hasn't thought about fundraising for her own medical needs but is determined to help children with cancer.
"I have always helped other people," said Stacey. "I wouldn't want to bother people with my issues when I can help somebody else."
Stacey has set up a JustGiving fundraising page for The Little Princess Trust and has so far raised £335 towards her £1,000 target.
As well as having her own hair cut, Stacey hopes to recruit some more hair donors to have the chop.
She said: "I am working with local salons to hopefully offer free hair cuts to anyone also wishing to donate more than six-inches."
Stacey says her own illness has helped her to understand what it is like to survive daily with a lifetime condition, "let alone go through social and peer pressures without your self-esteem - your hair".
She said: "I love my hair and this is why donating it for me is a big deal but I just know how important the impact of this donation is to a little girl who cannot grow her own."
Stacey began her police career as a special constable before serving as a front line officer and latterly specialised in child offences, based in Secondary schools safeguarding children.
Stacey left Norfolk Police in January last year owing to her illness.
Last August she married Ashley Hefford at Swanton Morely House and Gardens in Norfolk
Stacey recalls: "I was really concerned leading up to that week about how I would feel, whether I would be well enough but, fortunately, the day before and the actual wedding day I was fine.
"It was an amazing day."
* If you want to join Stacey, and have your hair cut for the charity, please call her on 07957 373527.
To donate to Stacey's fund visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hair-for-a-little-princess