On Friday 5th May, BMC Hair and Beauty lecturer Jo Sloane bravely volunteered to have her long hair cut in aid of The Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides free wigs for children who have lost their hair to cancer treatment and other illnesses.
Jo, a breast cancer survivor herself, previously lost all of her hair during her own cancer treatment in 2009. Jo has consequently been re-growing her hair, which she has formerly described as her ‘crowning glory’, for the past eight years.
During ‘The Big Chop’ event at BMC’s Reflections salons, a selection of hairdressing students prepared Jo’s hair. Two students then styled Jo’s hair into two long plaits, which were subsequently cut off ready to be delivered to The Little Princess Trust.
When asked about this event, Jo said ‘I had breast cancer and went through chemotherapy as part of my treatment, which caused me to lose all of my hair in 2009. Since then I have only ever had my hair trimmed, so over the years it had grown so long! I decided that I wanted a change of hairstyle, and I could not bear the thought of my hair going in the bin, so I decided to donate my hair to the Little Princess Trust. This charity makes real hair wigs for children who have suffered from hair loss due to illness or cancer treatments. I wore a wig myself when I lost my hair, which helped me to feel a bit more normal during my treatment; so donating my hair to The Little Princess Trust felt like a good thing to do.
My Level 2 Hairdressing students at BMC organised the whole event for me: they signed me up and did all of the publicity themselves, and all of them were involved in one way or another on the day itself. I was overwhelmed with the support from all of my colleagues at BMC; it was an emotional day for a few of us, and I had many hugs from lots of my colleagues.
Having made the decision to have my haircut, I was excited on the day and I am very happy to have had it done. I have had many positive comments and I am enjoying having short hair! I have raised around £100 from fundraising at the college, and have raised an additional £250 from Just Giving – giving me a total of £350!’
The Little Princess Trust is a fantastic charity that was set up in memory of Hannah Tarplee, a young girl from Hereford who sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2005. Whilst Hannah was going through treatment for her illness, her parents found it very difficult and expensive to get a wig in the appropriate size for a child. This experience led to Hannah’s parents to set up The Little Princess Trust, an incredibly valuable charity that provides real hair wigs for children who have lost their hair to illness, completely free of charge. To find out more, and see what you can do to help, head to www.littleprincesses.org.uk.
You can help Jo raise money by donating directly to her fundraising page here. JustGiving sends your donation straight to The Little Princess Trust and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.