A seven-year-old girl who wanted to grow her hair as long as Rapunsel’s has instead given up her dream to donate her locks to the Little Princess Trust.
Lily-May Dean, daughter of Natasha Wall, who grew up in Uckfield – and whose family still lives here – but who moved to Hailsham two years ago, was inspired to help others because of the support her mother received while undergoing cancer treatment.
Natasha said more than nine inches of Lily-May’s hair will be going to the Little Princess Trust – a charity providing real hair wigs to children who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.
Natasha added: “Bear in mind she has been growing it for years and in the past we have struggled to even get her to have the dead ends chopped.
“I am so proud of her, such a selfless thing to do at her age, especially as she has been growing it so long to look like Rapunzel.”
Now Lily-May is also trying to raise money for the charity towards making the wigs. Her target was £100 but she has already raised three times that. If you would like to help boost the total further please visit her JustGiving page.
Natasha, 27, who is a mother of three children, aged between seven and two, learned in November that she had cervical cancer and had an operation earlier this month.
She was told on Thursday that the cancer had been removed successfully and there was no need for further treatment as previously thought.
The good news came the day before Lily-May’s birthday, and Lily-May had her hair cut on her birthday itself by Natasha’s sister Leigh-Anne, a hairdresser, who is pictured with her above.
Natasha said: “We are all feeling happy at the moment. I just need to finish recovering from the operation and then we can get back to normal life.”