Shear ambition

A Schoolgirl will brave a close cut to raise money for cancer care.

Kind-hearted Bielefeld Primary School pupil Ffion Batty, nine, has decided to put aside her dreams of long flowing locks for a good cause.

She is being sponsored to have her hair, which she has been growing out for three years, shorn to a pixie cut, a hairstyle typically short on the back and sides and longer on top, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The cuttings will then be sent away and used to make a wig.

Ffion was inspired to raise money after her grandfather, Geoff Hobbs, 67,was diagnosed with terminal cancer two years ago.

Mr Hobbs has multiple myeloma, a haematological cancer that develops in the plasma cells found in bone marrow.

Ffion’s mother, Karen, has set up a Just Giving page for people to pledge donations. She said: “Since he was diagnosed I have seen my father change from a healthy and active 65-year-old to a man who struggles to walk.

“Ffion has been wanting to raise money for a charity for some time now but she didn’t really know which charity she wanted to support.

“When she found out her granddad had cancer she decided she wanted to do something to help others with the illness.

“I’m really proud of Ffion – she’s got a big heart and would do anything to help someone – that’s just the kind of child she is.

“She’s feeling a bit nervous about getting her hair cut so short but she is determined to go through with it and I know she will as once she sets her mind on something that’s it.”

So far €491.26 has been pledged in sponsorship – exceeding Ffion’s initial fund-raising target of €200. Her haircut is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 26 and she is now
aiming to raise €500.

Macmillan Cancer Support helps people diagnosed with cancer and their families with 4,000 specialist nurses as well as support centres and advice lines.

It estimates that there are currently 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK.

The charity is well known for its annual Brave the Shave fundraising event in August during which people shave their heads or cut their hair short to raise money.

Ffion will be donating her hair clippings to Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides real hair wigs to children who have lost their own hair because of cancer treatment or other illnesses.

According to the trust, it can take at least 800g of hair – on average seven to 10 donations worth – to make one wig.

Donated hair must be a minimum of 17cm in length, recently washed and dried, and tied in a plait at the point of cutting.

To donate to Ffion’s cause visit www.justgiving.com and search ‘Karen Batty’.

For more information about cutting your hair to raise money for charity visit www.bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk or http://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/donate-hair/

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