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Mum Cuts Off Hair For Children's Charity

Mel Thomson has donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust after being inspired by her young son, Quinn, who was diagnosed with cancer.

Quinn, who is two in July, was only five months old when the doctors found neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer.

It makes up just 6% of childhood cancer cases in the UK, with around 95 cases annually.

The 35-year-old donated her hair today (2 May) after growing it out over the pandemic for her wedding last January.

Mel says her husband has supported her throughout the journey, from growing her hair out to the big chop.

"There were times after I had Quinn when I was like "ah, it's too long, it's too much maintenance," but he was like "no, no, you do it, you do it" supporting me and encouraging me.

"He's been really supportive, Quinn is pretty unaware, but he did give me a funny look today when I walked in and I had cut it off."

 Mel post-cut, clutching 30cm of her hair which she is donating to The Princess Trust, along with sponsorship money she has raised.

The Little Princess Trust give free wigs to children and young people who lose their hair to cancer and Alopecia.

Mel says it was heartbreaking seeing Quinn lose what little hair he had.

"It sounds silly in the grand scheme of things, but it's actually quite upsetting when they lose their hair."

The mum of one also says it has been amazing raising so much money.

On her GoFundMe she set out to raise £500, as that is the price of making a wig, but she has smashed that goal and has raised more than seven times that amount.

The extra £3,000 will go toward childhood cancer research, including neuroblastoma.

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