Seven year-old Shannon’s charity chop the latest fundraising effort by family to help disabled people Dream Away

PUBLISHED: 09:53 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:46 16 August 2018

Shannon Potter having her hair cut for Dreamaway and the Little Princess Trust. Ref exe 32 18TI 9510. Picture: Terry Ife

Shannon Potter having her hair cut for Dreamaway and the Little Princess Trust. Ref exe 32 18TI 9510. Picture: Terry Ife

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A seven year-old girl’s charity hair cut has been the latest fundraising effort leading a local charity to make her whole family ambassadors.

Shannon Potter having her hair cut for Dreamaway and the Little Princess Trust. Ref exe 32 18TI 9512. Picture: Terry IfeShannon Potter having her hair cut for Dreamaway and the Little Princess Trust. Ref exe 32 18TI 9512. Picture: Terry Ife

Seven year-old Shannon Potter, from Exmouth, recently cut off her lengthy locks and donated them to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for poorly children suffering hair loss.

But her new do was also aid of Dream Away, a charity run by Jeff Merrett and Gill Freeman, with which she, her mum and dad all have a special connection.

The volunteer-run organisation provides grants towards holidays and arranges fun days out for people with disabilities. Michelle and her husband Shane are both disabled, rely on crutches and say their lives have been changed by Dream Away, which has caravans in Exmouth, at Devon Cliffs.

Shannon’s mum, Michelle, said: “I struggle daily with mobility and I have got fibromyalgia, plus other problems and having a seven year-old, she just wants to go to the park and run about, but I can’t.

Shannon Potter having her hair cut for Dreamaway and the Little Princess Trust. Ref exe 32 18TI 9506. Picture: Terry IfeShannon Potter having her hair cut for Dreamaway and the Little Princess Trust. Ref exe 32 18TI 9506. Picture: Terry Ife

“It’s not so much a respite for me but it is for Shannon, because she does so much at home. It’s making memories, that’s all it’s about.”

Shannon has even learned to swim during their Dream Away holidays, an achievement Michelle believes would not have been possible without the charity.

A fundraising fashion show, sponsored swim and regular volunteering are just a few efforts involving the whole family, which have led the charity to recognise their dedication earlier this year, with an Ambassadors Award.

Michelle said: “We have really just been trying to to help Dream Away, and to make people aware that they are there, because it’s not just about donating.

Shannon Potter having her hair cut for Dreamaway and the Little Princess Trust. Ref exe 32 18TI 9503. Picture: Terry IfeShannon Potter having her hair cut for Dreamaway and the Little Princess Trust. Ref exe 32 18TI 9503. Picture: Terry Ife

“When you are feeling really low and in constant pain, it’s good to know you are helping somebody.

I just want to say ‘thank you’ to the Dream Away team for being there and doing what they do.”

Shannon said it had been her ‘dream’ to help other children, suffering hair loss and so far has raised more than £450.

Michelle said she was very proud of Shannon’s ‘lovely’ gesture and thanked Headlines salon for doing the cut for free. Shannon’s fundraising page will remain open until mid-September.

Shannon Potter having her hair cut for Dreamaway and the Little Princess Trust. Ref exe 32 18TI 9498. Picture: Terry IfeShannon Potter having her hair cut for Dreamaway and the Little Princess Trust. Ref exe 32 18TI 9498. Picture: Terry Ife

To make a donation visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/shelleythepooh

Shannon Potter having her hair cut for Dreamaway and the Little Princess Trust. Ref exe 32 18TI 9494. Picture: Terry IfeShannon Potter having her hair cut for Dreamaway and the Little Princess Trust. Ref exe 32 18TI 9494. Picture: Terry Ife

Shannon Potter having her hair cut for Dreamaway and the Little Princess Trust. Ref exe 32 18TI 9510. Picture: Terry IfeShannon Potter having her hair cut for Dreamaway and the Little Princess Trust. Ref exe 32 18TI 9510. Picture: Terry Ife

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