A member of staff from Specsavers in Chelmsley Wood has raised more than £2,000 and donated 16 inches of her locks at a fundraising event to help the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides real hair wigs to boys and girls who have lost their hair through cancer.
Shannon Banks (20), an optical assistant at the store in Greenwood Square, donated 16 inches of her 28-inch-long hair to the charity at an event last month at the Kingshurst Labour Club, alongside her cousin Millie. The free event featured a range of stalls, food and entertainment, which visitors could enjoy in return for a donation to the charity.
‘We had an absolutely fantastic day and raised a whopping £2,186 - which is more than I could have hoped for.’ said Shannon. ‘I’m getting used to the cropped do and I hope that the hair we donated makes a difference to someone in need.
Little Princess Trust
‘I decided to hold the event after I witnessed first-hand the great work that the Little Princess Trust does. A close friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer three years ago and I was amazed with the amount of support that she received during her diagnosis from the Little Princess Trust.
‘Thank you so much to everyone who came and donated – it really does make an amazing difference.’
Chelmsley Wood store director, Sukhi Drake, commented: ‘This was a very special thing to do and we have loved seeing Shannon make such a success of an event so close to her heart. It’s also a testament to the local community who turned out in force and dug deep to support Shannon and this brilliant cause.’
The Little Princess Trust gives away free real hair wigs to both boys and girls that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other illnesses.
In 2016 and in partnership with CCLG (Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group) the charity awarded more than £500,000 to fund research into childhood cancers and gave away another £106,000 to other research projects at the start of 2017.