Big-hearted Olivia to face chop for charity

Mum Janet makes the most of of one of the last times she will be able to brush daughter Olivia''s hair for a while
Mum Janet makes the most of of one of the last times she will be able to brush daughter Olivia''s hair for a while

A Fylde schoolgirl is having her long hair cut to provide a double boost for a charity.

Olivia Lay, 11, will say farewell to her tresses next week and donate them to the Little Princess Trust, along with hundreds of pounds in sponsorship pledges.

The Little Princess Trust provides real-hair wigs, free of charge, to boys and girls who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other illnesses.

Kind-hearted Olivia, who attends Lytham CE Primary School, decided she wanted to help after reading about the charity’s work and she and mum Janet have been delighted with the response since setting up a Just Giving web page ahead of the big haircut next Thursday.

An initial target of £100 was quickly shattered, with more than 30 contributions sending the total pledged for Olivia’s ‘mop chop’ over the £200 mark and Janet said: “Olivia has been thrilled at the response.

“She is a very caring girl who really loves to help good causes and she felt having her hair cut for the first time in years would be a great thing to do for the Little Princess Trust.

“Olivia would like to thank everyone who has contributed so far from the bottom of her heart.”

Monica Glass, the Little Princess Trust’s charity manager, said: “What an amazing little girl! To want to do so much for others is wonderful.

“Olivia’s beautiful hair will be blended with other similar contributions and will be made into a wig for a sick child in this country.

“The money Olivia has managed to raise thanks to her kind and generous supporters, will be put towards the cost of purchasing another wig for a different child.

“We really are very grateful to Olivia for choosing to support the Trust in this way.”

Details and the opportunity to contribute at www.justgiving.com/janet-lay1/