Hair today, gone tomorrow

June 24 2021

A HANHAM girl is having all her hair cut off to be made into wigs for children who have lost their own hair.

Summer Taynton, nine, decided to donate her hair after watching a television programme about children who have had cancer and other illnesses that cause hair loss.

She is growing her hair until it reaches the minimum length needed for wigs – 17cm – and is hoping it will be long enough on August 1 to cut off her ponytail. The hair will be sent to the Little Princess Trust, which provides free wigs to children and young people who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.

She is also hoping to raise money for the charity to help fund the making of the wigs and has presented to fellow pupils at Hanham Abbots junior school as part of her fundraising efforts.

Summer said: “All of us want to feel that we look nice when we go to school or out somewhere but some children have worse things to worry about because they have serious illnesses such as cancer. This is why I’m raising money, and donating hair, to the Little Princess Trust, who make wigs for children so they can feel beautiful.”

Summer’s mother, Skye, said she’d raised £230 so far.

Summer Taynton aged nine