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Leicestershire girl to chop her locks and raise funds for lifesaving air ambulance

A kind-hearted girl from Humberstone has pledged to donate her hair while also hoping to raise vital funds for the local lifesaving air ambulance.

Alice Green (7) has 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 can, Alice has made the bold decision to cut her long locks, and donate them to The Little Princess Trust, and in the process, she is fundraising to keep the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) flying.

Mum Susan, said: “Alice is wanting to support the local air ambulance because of the amazing work they do – helping people when they are most in need.

“We often use our local air ambulance shop to find some high-quality bargains, and the staff there have always been so kind and appreciative when my children have donated items.”

Alice, who is set to complete her challenge on 5 September, has already surpassed her target of £300, and she now has her sights set to raise as much as possible to go towards the cost of a lifesaving mission.

“This whole process of donating her hair and raising money has been Alice’s idea. She has our full support and I am immensely proud of her,” added Susan.

The charity which recently reached its 40,000th mission milestone, depends on generous fundraising challenges like this, especially as its set to receive two brand new replacement helicopters early next year.

Community Fundraising Executive for DLRAA, Vicky Evans said: “We are so thrilled that Alice has chosen to support her local air ambulance with a very brave challenge to help raise vital funds for our lifesaving service.

“Each of our missions cost £1,700 and with no government or national lottery funding for our daily missions, support from our local community is critical to keep us flying.

“Alice is our hero for taking on such a challenge and raising the funds that she is. We wish her the best of luck on the day and can’t wait to hear back from her and her and Susan to see how it has gone.”

To support Alice on her brave challenge, please visit her JustGiving page here