Ruby F in Year 8 has raised more than £1,000 for the Little Princess Trust, which provides real-hair wigs for young people who have lost their hair through cancer treatment or other serious illness. Last weekend, she had her hair cut off to raise money for the charity and even donated her long hair to be used to create a wig by the Trust. Ruby was inspired to take on this challenge after losing her cousin to cancer when she was younger. She says that the joy a new real-hair wig brought to her cousin at that time was amazing to see and Ruby wanted to play a role in giving others the same joyful experience

Ruby’s challenge began more than a year ago, when she had the idea to shave all her hair off to donate to the Little Princess Trust. She says: “My mum was a bit shocked at first, as she was surprised I wanted to do it. But she has been so supportive of me and so have my sisters.

“As well as raising money, I wanted to make a statement to say that hair isn’t everything, and that it doesn’t make you who you are.

“It’s an important charity for me because my cousin had cancer when she was younger, and she lost her hair. I remember for Christmas someone bought her a wig and I remember how happy she was, and I thought how amazing that was and I wanted to make someone else feel like that.”

Ruby set up a Just Giving page and wrote a few lines about what she was planning to do and her motivations. Her idea has clearly captured the attention of many others as she reached her £1,000 target on the day she was planning to shave her hair off and is still receiving donations. She continues: “It feels so great to have raised so much money and people are still donating which is fantastic.”

During the haircut itself the clippers Ruby and her sisters were using to cut the hair actually broke completely. She said: “We each took it in turns to take some of the hair off. I did four cuts myself. But then the clippers broke which is the reason it’s not a full buzz cut.”

Mr Egan, Head of the Prep school said: “Everyone at the Prep School is extremely proud of Ruby and her courage to donate her hair. It is a hugely worthwhile cause, helping to give children confidence while going through such tough times. This thoughtfulness and consideration for others typifies the kindness of our pupils in treating others how we would like to be treated. It is also a great example of our pupils’ charitable attitude. Well done Ruby!”

Click here to visit Ruby’s Just Giving page. 

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