When Kerry Rutherford, 9, from Toothill saw a story online about Little Princess Trust, which provides wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment and other conditions such as alopecia, she made a snap decision to donate her long blond curls.
Her mum Paula approached Hairworks at Freshbrook Village Centre and discovered that Anne Pileggi and her staff support the charity and on 2 February Kerry was given a radical new look. After a wash and dry, the ten inches of hair was tightly platted and Anne gave the Millbrook Primary pupil lots of opportunity to change her mind before making the fateful cut.
Her resolve was just as strong and the deed was done in front of several members of her family.
Mum Paula said Kerry will find it much easier after swimming. “She swims for Swindon Dolphins five times a week and it was hard having to wash and comb her hair after every session. She’s shown amazing determination; once she saw the story about Little Princess Trust, she never wavered in her decision.”
‘Go faster’ hairstyle!
Dad Brian reassured Kerry that her new hairstyle looked lovely and she would be able to swim faster.
Anne added: “Kerry is the youngest person who has come to us to make a donation. It’s an incredibly brave thing to do and unusual for a child without a direct connection to a cancer sufferer to ask for her hair to be cut off.”
Kerry, holding her platted hair, said: “It feels strange not to have it on my head, it feels much lighter now. I’m happy it’s gone to help children who are not very well.”
Anne kindly did not charge for her services and provided Kerry with a goody bag of haircare products suitable for swimmers.
Kerry is also a member of 2nd Freshbrook Brownies and was awarded Fundraising and Raising Awareness badges from the Together We Can programme.
Help boost Kerry’s total
The cost of a wig is about £350. Kerry has raised over £330 in cash and online sponsorship which will receive a gift aid boost. Help her at: www.justgiving.com/Kerry-Rutherford
The trust is a winner of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Pictured: Kerry holding her platted hair with, from left, great aunt Pan Nayar and parents Brian adn Paula Rutherford.