Betty (15) to donate hair to child cancer wig charity

Betty Ward: head shave planned
Betty Ward: head shave planned

It will be a case of “hair one minute and gone the next” for a kind-hearted Ribble Valley teenager.

School-leaver Betty Ward is having her beautiful locks chopped next week to raise much-needed funds for a deserving charity, which will see her hair be made into a real wig for a little girl whose hair has fallen out due to chemo.

After seeing our friend’s daughter go through treatment just as she was starting high school, and the impact of losing her hair, I decided that doing this would be a small thing I could do which could really make a difference

Betty Ward

The generous move by 15-year-old Betty, who attended St Augustine’s RC High School, Billington, is to show her support for a family friend who had treatment for cancer, aged just 11.

The selfless teenager, who lives in Grindleton, will raise funds for The Little Princess Trust with a sponsored head shave which will take place on Saturday, July 4th, at The Snip hairdressers, Clitheroe.

Betty said: “After seeing our friend’s daughter go through treatment just as she was starting high school, and the impact of losing her hair, I decided that doing this would be a small thing I could do which could really make a difference to other children going through the same thing.”

The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

The charity receives no formal funding and relies solely on the efforts of enthusiastic community fundraisers.

Pop sensation Jessie J donated her famous black locks to the Little Princess Trust two years ago, following her live TV head shave for Comic Relief.

In addition to the head shave, Betty is planning to host a live music fundraiser at Grindleton Pavilion on Friday, July 10th, which will feature young acts from across the Ribble Valley.

Tickets (including a pie and pea supper) are £10 for adults and £7.50 for under 16s. They are available by calling 01200 440568.

Anyone wishing to support Betty should log onto www.justgiving.com/bettyward or text BWRD56 followed by £2/£5/£10 to 70007.