August 23 2014 Latest news:
Monday, May 26, 2014
A caring little girl who volunteered to sacrifice her long blonde locks to support a local charity is “thrilled to bits” with her new haircut, according to her proud mum.
Connie Balaam, from Ingham, near Bury St Edmunds, who is just four years old, had all 11 inches of her crowning glory chopped off in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
The hair will go to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children suffering hair loss through cancer treatment.
The hospice helps to provide ongoing care to Connie’s 16-year-old sister Madi, who has several complex health conditions including Noonan’s syndrome, epilepsy and two heart conditions, and requires specialist round-the-clock care.
Despite her tender years, Connie – who also has a six-year-old brother Noah and a 20-year-old brother Toby – came up with the idea to donate her hair after seeing a story about a little girl in America who cut off her hair to make wigs for sick children.
And her parents Sharon and Adrian Balaam could not be more proud.
Mrs Balaam said Connie’s super-stylish new bob haircut, created at CC’s Hair Art, in St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds, was an instant hit.
She said: “Connie grinned the whole time it was being cut off and she just loved her new hair style. She doesn’t regret it at all and keeps saying a little girl or boy is going to be able to have hair because of what she’s done.
“I am so proud of her that at her age, she has the understanding and caring gene that makes her want to do something so special for other people.”
So far, Connie has also raised £600. To donate, go to justgiving.com and search for Connie’s haircut.