Give a little love and a donation
The impact of Covid-19 on the ability of charities to raise funds has been immense. From big appeals to small local organisations, charities face millions less coming in as demand for services rises. On our What's On page HERE planned events support everything from CHSW, Macmillan Cancer Care and many more. On this page we share with you the gallant efforts by three local people (we know there are lots more) to support charity - their appeals are still open. So let's hear (or hair) it for the girls!
Alcinda Pereira is a 23 year old young lady with lovely long locks who works at the fish ‘n’ chip shop.
In fact, her hair is currently so long she can sit on it!
Since she was a little girl, she has always had a vision of donating her long hair to a good cause.
She said: “I always thought that one day my hair would belong to someone who needed it.
“Until the day when the sky got a very bright star, my grandfather Francisco passed away due to lung cancer and from then on, a light turned on in me.
“Instead of cutting my hair and going to the bin, this time it will go into someone else's hands.
“There are thousands of people who lose their hair due to cancer and other diseases, why not give them this happiness of being able to have hair again?”
Alcinda has booked to have her haircut on Tuesday, October 5, at Hair @ Houlahans in West Town Road, Backwell.
Her locks will be donated to the Little Princess Trust to be made into a wig for a child or young person who needs it.
A wig costs approximately £550 and Alcinda has set up Just Giving page to raise this amount.
Alcinda who is originally from Portugal has been in England for five years and lives and works in the village of Backwell.
To help go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alcinda-pereira.
About the Little Princess Trust
When a child loses their hair to cancer or another condition, we'll be there with a free, real hair wig to help restore their confidence and identity. We won't stop until the research that we fund ends childhood cancer forever. Promise. Please visit us at www.littleprincesses.org.uk to find out more.
Eleni Imre has been growing her beautiful blonde hair since she was born.
But it was the death of her grandmother that decided the 10-year-old pupil at Golden Valley Primary School to support a cancer charity.
Eleni chose the Little Princess Trust to donate her very, very long blonde hair to support young people who have lost their hair due to cancer.
Mum Chrisoula Imre said: ““I couldn't be prouder of Eleni; she is my beautiful little soul.
“Please donate to help Eleni raise money for this amazing charity.”
Stylist Ellie at Broad Street in Nailsea High Street performed the cut which left Eleni with hair just touching her shoulders despite taking off many inches.
Mum added: “So far Eleni has raised £290 but people can still contribute.”
Go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/elenis-haircut to support Eleni.
With Nailsea people moved to tears by the recent loss of two much-loved Nailsea teenagers a beautician from Cadbury House decided to go one further for charity and instead of a haircut she had a drastic headshave.
Mia Lusted, aged 22, who lives in Yatton said her brother was a close friend of Toby Riley and she shared many mutual friends with Arron King.
Mia was also remembering her teenaged cousin Adison Whitley, a talented musician, who killed himself in February 2018, as well as Jamie Lewis and Daniel Grey.
She said: "Many people in the community knew Jamie who was from Nailsea and Dan who was from Yatton."
Jamie died in July 2018 and Dan in April 2019.
Mia said: "It is all so sad, utterly heartbreaking, so young."
The fundraiser is a very big tribute to her grandfather Dudley Lusted who died of cancer.
She said: “It was close to home for all the young men and I loved my granddad very much.”
The very short, back and sides took place on Saturday, September 4, and left Mia with an on-trend Pixie (almost) style.
She said: “I’m actually really warming to it!
“I keep thinking about how much of a good cause which is keeping me from not liking my new look, I think.”
Mia has already raised more than £1,000 for Papyrus UK Suicide Prevention and Cancer Research UK.
The fund at is still open and £2 raffle tickets are on sale at the club reception with several prizes including of Pevonia hamper, club and spa kit bag, two guest pass and two vouchers for hot drinks.
Follow the link to donate https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/mias-giving-page-2136
the fund and raffle both close on Saturday, September 18.