IN recognition of leap year, the Charlie Miller hair salon in Edinburgh’s West End hosted a hair cutting extravaganza event in support of a cause close to the heart of its business.
On Sunday 1st March 2020, with the help of 29 hairdressers from across its five salons, the company invited 29 people to donate their hair to the Little Princess Trust.
Donators travelled from as far away as Dundee to donate their hair and an incredible 26.5 feet of hair was cut off!
Ranging from young girls to teenagers and mothers, the group included the hugely inspiring Agatha King from Fife who, back in February 2015, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and lost her hair during treatment.
On being told that she would lose her hair, Agatha asked for it to be cut off and donated to the Little Princess Trust which Charlie Miller Managing Director, Jason did in the ward on 3rd March 2015.
Fast forward to 2020, Agatha is now two-and-half years in remission and is a healthy, happy nine year-old. Her hair, now fully grown back, was cut again yesterday along with all the other donators who each received a complimentary restyle.
Since 2007, Charlie Miller salons have been providing free cutting and styling services to children and young people (up to 24 years) undergoing cancer treatment.
Working in partnership with Little Princess Trust and the Hair 4 U project, the long-term aim of this three-way collaboration is to ensure that every young person who loses their hair whilst undergoing their treatment can have a stylishly cut, real hair wig free of charge.
“We cannot underestimate the effect hair loss has on a young person and how important it is to their well-being to have a wig that really belongs to them”, said joint managing director, Jason Miller.
“Helping to make a difference to the lives of young people and their families who are going through incredibly difficult times is part of our DNA, and we will continue to work with the Little Princess Trust and Hair 4 U to help as many young people as we can. It really is a privilege.”
The Little Princess Trust co-founder and research manager, Wendy Tarplee-Morris, said: “I am constantly amazed by the strength and bravery of our supporters and Agatha’s story really is something to behold.
“To think of others when she has gone through so much herself shows what a special girl she is, and we are incredibly grateful to have her support. We are also very thankful to everyone at Charlie Miller and treasure our relationship with the company which we hope will continue for many years.”
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Notes for editors:
To meet a growing demand for longer wigs The Little Princess Trust* is currently seeking hair donations in excess of 12 inches. In addition to free wig provision, the Trust also funds vital research into finding better treatments for childhood cancers and since 2016, has funded research into a broad range of cancer types.
Agatha and her family are tirelessly fundraising for local charity Team Jak** and Charlie Miller have set up a Just Giving fundraising page*** to help their cause which, including Gift Aid, is currently in excess of £3,200 and growing daily.
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