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Local woman gifts her hair to young cancer sufferers

A KIND Castlederg woman who grew her hair to the length she’d always dreamed of, has been inspired to cut it short to help create wigs for children who have cancer.

Now sporting a stylish shoulder-length do, the generous Lucy Forbes recently donated 14 inches of her brown locks to a charity very close to her heart – The Little Princess Trust.

In the process, the 23-year-old helped to raise an impressive £2,030 for the charity – a total which vastly exceeded her original goal of
£500.

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The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs free-of-charge to male and female children and young people up to the age of 24 that have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.

The Trust receives no formal funding, and therefore relies solely on the efforts of enthusiastic community fundraisers.

The charity has given away 4,500 real hair wigs to sick children across the UK in just over ten years.

“Cancer is traumatic enough, especially for children, but losing your hair on top of it is extremely upsetting,” Lucy, who is a Biomedical Science graduate, said.

“I had been growing my hair for two years, and had finally grew it to the length I always dreamed of, but I felt that now was the time to cut it off to give it to a cancer sufferer.

“I wanted to give them the gift of feeling like a little princess, which is something I take for granted everyday.

“The cost of the charity to purchase one wig is on average between £350 and £500,” Lucy added. “But due to the generosity of everyone who donated, I have now raised enough for even more wigs.

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“I raised £1,030 through my JustGiving page online, and my workplace kindly offered to match that total.

“They are sending me a cheque this week, making my grand total £2,060.

“I never expected to raise my target of £500, so four times that amount is absolutely amazing.”

Lucy concluded, “I greatly appreciate all contributions that people made, as something small really can go a long way. Thank you so much to everyone who donated.”

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