Alea’s close shave to help sick children

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A Kirkcaldy schoolgirl has had her long locks shorn off to raise money for hair loss charity Alopecia UK.

And 15-year-old Alea Carr has also donated her beautiful hair to the Little Princess Trust which makes wigs for young cancer sufferers who have lost their hair through chemotherapy treatment.

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Alea, a fourth year pupil at Viewforth High School in Kirkcaldy made the brave decision to have her hair completely shaved off after suffering from alopecia from the age of seven.

The teenager, of Fosterton Crescent in Kirkcaldy, got all her friends and family members to sponsor her for the challenge and last week she had her waist length hair shaved off by family friend and hairdresser Louise Clive to raise over £800 for Alopecia UK.

And Alea had more reason to be nervous about going under the razor as she was told by doctors that if her hair follicles were badly damaged then her hair might never re-grow.

Alea’s sister Abbey Lennon (19), said she was “really proud” of her little sister for doing the challenge.

“Alopecia really affected Alea when she was younger, so she knows exactly what others suffering from the condition are going through. I think it is great of her to do this to raise money for others.”

Alea, who had her head shaved at her Kirkcaldy home, added: “I was overwhelmed with the amount of support I got from everyone, and getting it taken off was not as scary as I thought it would be and didn’t take as long either.

“Although I loved my long hair, having no hair but doing it for a great cause was worth it and it felt amazing as I know I will be helping other young people who have lost their hair.”

Anyone who would like to help boost Alea’s total can donate at: https://www.justgiving.com/Alea-Carr1/