YOUNG Alfie Sansom has taken the short cut to fundraising success and raised more than £300 for our patient care.
Alfie, who is 11 and lives with his family in Wincobank, has been growing his hair to waist length since he was in infant school.
But when he heard of the treatment his grandma Pam had received during her time at St Luke’s, he decided he wanted to raise money as a thank you - and that the hair would have to go!
So it was off to the Marcel Wave salon at Malin Bridge, where Pam was a customer, for a crop that would take Alfie’s hair to a more manageable shoulder length style.
The unwanted hair is going to the Little Princess Trust, the charity that provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young people who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other conditions.
“When he was very little Alfie actually had quite short hair but he started growing it when he was in Year 2 at school because he saw another boy with long hair and he liked the look of it,” said mum Natalie.
“He knows all about the support that his grandma received from St Luke’s and decided he wanted to do something to raise money.
“He was a bit anxious when he got to the salon - I think he thought they’d just snip it off and that would be it but it actually took quite a while to cut it off.
“Now it’s done he does like it and he is very pleased to have raised so much for St Luke’s.”