Leicestershire girl has chopped her locks to raise funds for lifesaving charity
A kind-hearted young girl from Humberstone has donated her hair and raised over £900 for the lifesaving local air ambulance.
Alice Green (8) had been growing her hair for a number of years and, being a fan of ‘Operation Ouch’ on CBBC, she has seen children who have lost theirs while undergoing chemotherapy.
Wanting to help in any way she could, Alice made the bold decision to cut her long locks and donate the 14 inches of hair to The Little Princess Trust, and in the process, raise vital funds to keep the local Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) flying.
“I was very nervous before my haircut, I’ve never had my hair cut this short before, but I wanted to donate as much as possible to The Little Princess Trust,” said Alice.
Alice completed her challenge at the beginning of the month and has smashed her original fundraising target – she now has her sights set to raise as much money as possible to go towards the cost of a lifesaving mission.
Alice added: “I am really happy that people have been so generous and helped me to raise so much money for the local air ambulance – I was originally aiming for £300 so I am truly amazed and thankful!”
Proud of their daughter, Sue and Alasdair, said: “Alice wanted to support the local air ambulance because of the amazing work they do – helping people when they are most in need.
“This whole process of donating her hair and raising money has been Alice’s idea, and we are immensely proud of her.”
Community Fundraising Executive for DLRAA, Vicky Evans added: “We are so proud of Alice for taking on such a brave challenge, her amazing efforts will help us to continue our work, so we can be there for those who need us the most.
“Alice has reached an incredible £900 so far and we are so grateful for her support as the charity receives no government funding and relies entirely on donations to raise the £1,700 needed for each mission.
“Alice is an absolute superstar and our hero for taking on such a challenge to raise vital funds, and we hope that her incredible story will inspire other members of the community to take on their own personal challenge for DLRAA, especially as we are set to receive two brand new replacement helicopters early next year.”