A little girl inspired by her cousin’s battle with cancer has had her long locks chopped for charity and made into wigs for young cancer patients.
Nine-year-old Abbigail Aubert, of Ecclesfield, decided to have her waist-length 18 inches of hair cut into a bob in memory of her cousin Issabelle Futter.
She is donating the hair to Little Princess Trust, a charity which uses real hair to make wigs for children who have lost theirs due to cancer.
Abbigail’s cousin Issabelle, a pupil at St Thomas More school in Grenoside, lost her three-year battle with neuroblastoma aged seven in December last year.
Neuroblastoma is one of the most common childhood cancers and affects around 100 children a year in the UK.
Mum Charlene, 27, said: “A week ago Abbigail looked like a little Rapunzel with beautiful long hair that she had been growing for over a year. It was a big shock when she had so much chopped off. But now she looks so grown up – everyone has commented on how beautiful she looks.”
Abbigail’s five-year-old sister Faith also had a little hair trim and was told she could follow in her sister’s footsteps when she turns nine.
The family have held a number of fundraising events in aid of Issabelle’s Appeal to help other young patients experience dream holidays like the one Issabelle’s family made to Disneyland before she died.
Abbigail hoped to raise £250 so she could contribute to at least half a wish but has already raised double with more to come.
St Thomas More pupil Abbigail had her hair cut for the first time in over a year at Lush hair salon, Langsett Road, Hillsborough.
Waiting for her at the salon were bunches of pink and yellow balloons, representing the colours of Issabelle’s Appeal.
Charlene said: “The staff were great, really supportive and they even did the girls nails. Everyone is very proud of Abbigail.”
A spokeswoman for Lush Salon said: “Abbigail wasn’t nervous at all. We plaited her hair and measured it from bobble to bobble at 18 inches. She posed for a few pictures, then we chopped it off.”