A brave Kirkcaldy girl has raised over £2000 to help make wigs for children who have suffered hair loss through cancer treatment.
Kara Wilson (12), who lives in the town’s Dunnikier Estate, had all 22 inches of her hair cut off last month to collect money for the Little Princess Trust which relies on fundraising to be able to make wigs for youngsters.
As well as giving the charity the sponsorship money she raised, the Kirkcaldy High School pupil is also donating her hair.
Her mum Sheona told The Press Kara has been overwhelmed with the number of donations she has received.
She said: “She has raised almost £1,700 online through her Just Giving page and she has at least another £4-500 on sponsor sheets which are coming in.’’
Kara had her hair shaved by Caroline at Anderson French Hairdressing, and the end result delighted everyone.
Sheona added: “Kara looks fab!
‘‘She had half a dozen of her friends at the salon to support her and one or two of them were a bit emotional, but she just smiled throughout.
‘‘The whole salon got involved - they had balloons up on the day and sweets for her, and they also had sponsor sheets in the salon with customers donating around £200.
“They really helped to make the day memorable.”
Kara is is now adjusting to having no hair, and is wearing a hat to bed to stay cosy.
She has also been thanked by the Little Princess Trust for raising money for the charity.
And the charity has also nominated her for a Young Scot Award!
Shoena added: “I know she has had a few nominations put forward for the award but even if nothing comes of it, Kara is so pleased to have been nominated.
‘‘I am so proud of her.”
Last month she told The Press her daughter wanted to have her head shaved after following a young girl in America on You Tube who had cancer and lost her hair.
She died around six months ago and as a result Kara decided to donate her hair to charity.
Sheona added: “Originally we hoped to raise £350 for one wig but we have raised so much more, it’s been amazing.”
What it’s about ...
The Little Princess Trust provides real-hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have sadly lost their own hair through cancer treatment. The Trust relies solely on the efforts of enthusiastic community fundraisers as it receives no formal funding. To find out more information about the Little Princess Trust visit www.littleprincesses.org.uk