Exmouth’s Brooke, 9, sacrifices long locks for terminally ill youngsters
PUBLISHED: 08:00 31 October 2018
Exmouth’s kind-hearted Rapunzel has sacrificed her long locks for terminally ill children who have lost their own hair.
Nine-year-old Brooke Davey has donated the tresses she had cut off at Vanity Hair, in North Street, to create wigs for cancer-suffering youngsters.
The Withycombe Raleigh Primary School pupil’s locks will be donated to the Little Princess Trust which creates the wigs -made from human hair - free of charge.
Mum Claire-Marie told The Journal that Brooke wanted to stop those who lose their hair due to cancer feeling humiliated.
She said: “She doesn’t want children that had no hair to feel embarrassed - If she is doing it, it’s kind of a big deal.”
Claire-Marie admitted she didn’t want Brooke to have her hair – which was the length of her back - cut but ‘couldn’t refuse’ when she told her mum about doing it for charity.
“I had my hair cut and my hair is really thick so I asked the hairdresser if that was enough to send to the Little Princess Trust,” added Claire-Marie.
“I was told it was and then Brooke decided she wanted to have it done too.
“I didn’t want her to have it cut but she found a loop hole and said she wanted to do it for charity.”
Claire-Marie said the Withycombe youngster does not let anyone but Charlotte and Aimee at Vanity Hair touch her tresses, and was particularly anxious when it was suggested that mum make the first cut.
“She was both nervous and excited but she loves having short hair,” she said. When it was long, she had to have her hair platted as she could never let it down because it knotted.”
As well as donating the hair, the family is also looking to raise the £350 it costs the Little Princess Trust to create a single wig. So far more than £150 has been raised.
The national charity uses donated hair to create wigs for those up to the age of 24 who have lost their hair due to cancer.
The Little Princess Trust works with suppliers and hairdressers to create ‘tailored’ wigs for children suffering with the incurable disease for the duration of their treatment.
The charity helps youngsters with other hairloss-enducing conditions like Alopecia.
Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/claire-marie-davey to donate and support Brooke’s fundraising efforts.