Sheffield man lops off luscious locks for create a wig for Little Princess Trust

A Sheffield man is lopping off his locks this month, to help support a child who has lost their hair to disease.

Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 1:47 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 5:12 pm
Dimitris

Dimitris Triandafillithis has been growing his hair for five years, and is now braving the shave for the Little Princess Trust, to help create a wig for a child who has lost their hair.

The 33-year-old is also hoping to raise the funds to make the wig, which costs around £550.

"Most of my life I've had long hair, since leaving the Greek army at 22,” explained Dimitris, who lives in High Green.

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Dimitris is planning to part with his long luscious locks, for the Little Princess Trust

“I’ve been growing it for five or six years now, and anyone who knows me knows that my hair is my pride and joy – I’m very proud of it.“I never thought I would be cutting it but I stumbled across some videos online of children receiving a new wig through the Little Princess Trust charity, and how happy they looked.“I've been a swimming teacher for over 17 years and I've worked with kids most my life, so seeing a charity making kids so happy and making their dreams come true was something that touched me.”

The Little Princess Trust has been running since 2006, providing over 8,000 free real hair wigs to children and young people, up to 24 years of age, who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions, such as alopecia.

Dimitris said: “Once I started doing more research, I found out that the trust had to stop all hair donations due to Covid.

"Now they have resumed making the wigs but they have a shortage of hair, I want to help as much as I can.”It costs £550 to make each wig, so Dimitris initially set himself this figure as a target, but after almost hitting that number already, he’s now hoping to double it, so that he can also donate some funds to Macmillan.

He added: “I'm having my hair cut on January 16 at Pixie's salon Hillsborough and I could not be more happy to help such a wonderful cause.“To me, growing my hair again isn't a problem, but for these kids it’s impossible, and I cannot wait to help.”