Foot-long plait gets the chop for kids’ wig cause

Hannah Ryder.
Hannah Ryder.
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A plucky pupil has had a foot-long section of her hair chopped off for charity.

Hannah Ryder, who attends Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School, had her 12-inch plait cut off so it can be made into a wig for a young child with cancer.

The year nine pupil said: “I’ve been growing it for what seems like forever and it’s now long enough to turn it into a wig for a child that has lost their hair due to chemotherapy.

“I wanted to do this as it must be really hard when not only are you battling cancer but you lose your hair too and you’re only young.”

Hannah’s hairdresser visited school on January 31 and the hair cut took place at lunch time in front of friends and teachers.

After the big chop, Hannah was left with a short bob.

After'Hannah Ryder, a Year 9 pupil at Henry Fanshawe School, Dronfield, cut off her 12 inch plait for charity - donating the hair and �500 to the Little Princess Trust and �500 to Sheffield Children's Hospital cancer ward.

After'Hannah Ryder, a Year 9 pupil at Henry Fanshawe School, Dronfield, cut off her 12 inch plait for charity - donating the hair and �500 to the Little Princess Trust and �500 to Sheffield Children's Hospital cancer ward.

She said: “It went really well and I love my new haircut.”

Hannah had originally hoped to raise £350 for The Little Princess Trust but donations have poured into her JustGiving page online as well as traditional donations and the total now stands at more than £500. She has also raised more than £500 for the Children’s Hospital Sheffield Cancer Ward.

“I’d like to thank anyone who donates and helps me to help this worthwhile cause,” said Hannah.

“The wigs the Little Princess Trust provide are free to children. However, the cost of one wig to the charity is on average £350.

“Any amount of fundraising that you can help me raise towards this cost will help to provide a wig to either a boy or girls in the UK or Ireland that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.”

On her JustGiving page, people donating were full of praise for the teen.

Her mum, Liz Ryder, said: “So proud of you Hannah. Your new haircut will look lovely and will be a reminder of your gift.”

Her uncle, Paul Goudge, added: “To my lovely niece, I am very proud of you. That’s your target nailed.”

To donate, visit Hannah’s hair cut for the Little Princess Trust