A dispensing assistant in Rotherham is having a drastic hair cut to raise funds for a young girl who needs to travel abroad for specialist treatment to restore her vision.

Getting the chop
Claire Wardingley, who has worked at Specsavers on College Street for 11 years, is having her waist length hair cut on Tuesday 29 March to raise funds for Sienna Ryan, an eight-month-old girl recently diagnosed with septo-optic dysplasia.

This rare congenital condition affects just one in 10,000 newborns, and prevents the optic nerves developing correctly.

UK doctors say they aren’t able to treat Sienna’s loss of vision, so the family are desperately trying to raise £25,000 to take her to Thailand for specialist stem cell treatment.

Claire comments: ‘I heard about Sienna’s story from her uncle Callum Redman, a lab technician who also works at Specsavers. I really wanted to help in some way and so I decided to have my long hair cut to raise funds.

Sight is taken for granted
‘I believe everyone deserves the chance to experience the world through sight, which many of us take for granted every day. Sight loss is incredibly isolating and I believe that Sienna deserves every possible opportunity to access treatment that could help her.

‘The added bonus is that I will be donating my cut off hair to the Little Princess Trust, where it will be used to make a wig for a young child suffering hair loss due to chemotherapy or alopecia.’

A word from the director
Phil Garbe, store director at Rotherham Specsavers, says: ‘We’re all so proud of Claire for going above and beyond to contribute to Sienna’s treatment. The team at Specsavers are close and it’s wonderful to see them pulling together to help each other when needed.’

Claire has already received £310 of donations, exceeding her target of £200. She would welcome further donations via her Just Giving page.

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