So our very first post is going to be a little bit of a throwback, to the end of summer last year. On the 18th of August ’14, came the day when I (Livii) would chop of around 14 inches of my hair all in the name of charity (I’m not crazy, promise).
What made me compelled to do it?
Late 2013, my mum was diagnosed with cancer and her chemotherapy started almost immediately. Routine hospital appointments became the norm. When her hair began to fall out, she wanted to obtain a wig. We were fortunate to find that the hospital had their own wig centre just for the patients. After trying many on, we decided on one that looked most natural. Whilst paying for the wig, the lady told me how they use real human hair to make their wigs, and they rely on people to donate their hair. My hands immediately reached up to touch my own very long hair that I’d been blessed with. My first reaction to her suggesting I could donate my hair to the Little Princess Trust where they make wigs for children was ‘absolutely not, never in a million years.’ But after giving it more thought when I returned home, it only seemed like the most reasonable and fulfilling thing to do.
How JustGiving helped my cause.
After deciding what I was going to do, I came up with the idea of donating my hair to The Little Princess Trust, and getting people to sponsor me money to give to The Christie hospital where my mum was being treated. The only way I could efficiently do this was through JustGiving. The powers of the internet are honestly limitless! JustGiving is a fabulous platform that can help anybody to donate amounts of money, no matter how big or small!
The Christie Hospital
They specialise in cancer treatment, research and education and treat around 44,000 cancer patients a year. Their research has come such a long way in the past few years and your donations could help them to finally find a cure for such a horrible disease. They will of course accept and appreciate any donations, whether its £1 or £50!
The Little Princess Trust
The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have sadly lost their own hair through cancer treatment. It is such a wonderful cause so if you are as brave as Livii and thousands of other people, you could do something and donate! For more information you can always visit their website http://www.littleprincesses.org.uk
How you can help
There are hundreds of different ways in which you can get involved in these wonderful charities and make your own donation (and it doesn’t have to involve cutting off your hair-like my beautiful best friend, Livii). Donating to Christie’s is honestly so worthwhile, and now that we are at the stage where we can say around half of people survive cancer, there’s no better time than now to donate. You can find out more about it here www.christie.nhs.uk
Thank you for reading!
Eleanor and Livii