Diocese of Portsmouth

    Ten-year-old donates hair to charity

    Children and Young People
    29 Oct. 2020

    TEN-YEAR-OLD Rebekah Patis has donated her long hair to charity - and raised money from having her hair cut.

    Rebekah, from Hart Plain Church, decided last year that she wanted to donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust. She heard about the charity when a girl spoke about her experience of donating hair during collective worship at school.

    The Little Princess Charity provide free real hair wigs to children and young people who have lost their hair through cancer treatments or other conditions. They also help pay for childhood cancer research projects. 

    Rebekah had been growing her hair for a year, and during lockdown it reached the minimum length required. She decided to give it some more growing time. 

    Then, at the end of October, she and her mum Helen visited a local salon where her hair was prepared in two plaits before being cut off and her hair restyled. She has now raised £832 in sponsorship too.

    Mum Helen said: "Rebekah has been overwhelmed by the amount of money that has been raised. She was really shocked when her first target was reached - she found it hard to believe that so many people would donate to something she was doing. 

    "Rebekah has received amazing sponsorship support from her family, friends, her parents family and members of Hart Plain Church where she attends church regularly - currently virtually. Rebekah loves her new hair style and can’t wait to show people."

    Ten-year-old Rebekah Patis before her haircut
    The two plaits are cut off
    Rebekah's new hairstyle on display

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