Generous Bethany’s hair-raising boost for cancer charity

Bethany Nicholson with the tresses of her hair that were cut off.
Bethany Nicholson with the tresses of her hair that were cut off.

A Pegswood schoolgirl has lost her long locks to support a children’s cancer charity.

After receiving a huge haircut, Bethany Nicholson donated 44cm of her tresses.

The seven-year-old has also raised about £500 for the Little Princess Trust, which provides real-hair wigs free of charge to youngsters in the UK and Ireland who lose their hair during cancer treatment.

As well as her family and friends, members of the community donated to the cause.

The haircut took place in front of pupils and staff at Pegswood First School. It was carried out by her mother, Samantha Brown, who is a hairdresser.

Denise McAlpine, Bethany’s grandmother, said: “When she was watching Children in Need, one of the case studies was a five-year-old girl who lost her hair when she was being treated for leukaemia.

“Bethany said afterwards that she wanted to do something to help children in that situation and when she found out about the Little Princess Trust, she decided to have a huge haircut.

“She was excited about having it done in front of her fellow pupils and teachers and it’s great that we can send money and some of her locks to the charity.

“Bethany says she is happy to have a similar haircut in aid of the trust or another good cause in the future.”

The Little Princess Trust works with specialist suppliers and experienced hairdressers, who provide wigs tailored to the individual child’s needs.

In addition, it assists children with other conditions which also result in hair loss – the most common being alopecia. For more details, visit