A Richmond teenager is having her long locks cut to be made into a wig for a child living with cancer, while also fundraising to pay for up to four wigs being made.
Cadence Whitworth, a student at St Francis Xavier school in Richmond, has spent several years growing her hair and is making the trip to her aunt’s hair salon in Manchester for the big chop.
She said: “My aunt is the only person who has ever cut my hair, so it’s only right that she is part of this with me. I had planned to do this sooner but learned that 15 inches is the maximum amount that can be donated, so I waited until I could do that.
“Friends, family and business associates of my parents have been incredibly generous and we started out aiming to fund one wig being made, but have been able to raise enough for three – I’m so grateful for that support.”
Cadence is a keen baker and dreams of owning her own cake shop in the future.
She also dances with the Rhythm and Shoes Dance Academy in Richmond.
Her father, local businessman and community first responder, Lee Whitworth added: “My wife Alison and I are so proud of Cadence.
“Both of my parents survived cancer and she saw the effect that it had on them, which spurred her on in her mission to do something so selfless.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has made a donation so far, it really will make a huge difference to the lives of children who are undergoing treatment for cancer. There is still time to donate, too if you wish.”
Donations can be made at https://gofund.me/8f9497cf.