A plucky youngster who lost her hair twice to infant leukaemia has grown it back long so that she can give it to other children in need.
Elizabeth Rysdale suffered with the disease as a toddler, and endured chaemotherapy in an ordeal which lasted two- and-a-half years.
Elizabeth then enlisted the help of her classmates at Stone C of E School, to help her raise money for the Little Princess Trust and Children With Cancer.
But the greatest gift of all came from Elizabeth herself, who, in front of her year six classmates had her long blonde hair cut off to donate to make wigs for other children who have lost their hair.
Elizabeth’s proud mum Fiona said: “Elizabeth was diagnosed with leukaemia which she was just 14 months old, we spent two and-a-half years in and out of hospital. She had two intensive chaemotherapy sessions in her first year of treatment. She lost weight and had a feeding tube for about six months and also lost her hair twice.
“About a year ago I encouraged Elizabeth to grow her hair in order for it to be cut off and sent to make a wig.
“We would like to highlight the fact that so many children are being diagnosed with many forms of cancer, and the charities that we are trying to help, as well as to give hope to those families who are suffering the same plight that we did ten years ago.”
On Thursday, surrounded by her supportive classmates, Elizabeth took the plunge and hairdresser Carolyn Cella came into school to give the young girl the trim of her life.
The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs to children that have suffered hair loss as a result of life saving treatments.
You can find out more about the charity by visiting www.littleprincess.org.uk
Children With Cancer invests millions of pounds every year into welfare schemes, researcg and campaigning on issues surrounding childood cancers.
You can find out more about the charity by visiting www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk
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