Sofia Hopley (10) has been fundraising for the organisation via a Just Giving Page. The £705 – and 15 inches of hair – she has donated so far will enable the charity to create a wig.
‘She’s had long hair forever and always loved her long hair,’ said Sofia’s mother, Sarah. ‘She’s never wanted it short but one day she decided she wanted to cut it and wanted a reason. We spoke about the Little Princess Trust and what they do – it had an impact on her, as she knows how much she loves her hair and how important it is to her and her identity. So it felt quite special to Sofia knowing it will go to other children who can’t grow their hair. It was all her idea.’
Sofia’s hair was cut by Maria, of Blades Hairdressers, who Sarah said had been ‘incredible throughout’.
Sofia’s grandmother, Maggie Hopley, added that any money left over after the wig had been paid for would go to the charity.
‘We’re dead proud of her,’ she said. ‘I think she’s done a bit of reading on how kids suffer and how they have to wait to get their hair grown. She’s been thinking about it for a year. She won’t be crying as she knows she will be making another princess happy. Hopefully it will inspire other young kids who are maybe thinking about it.’