A REAL-LIFE Rapunzel has cut off her long golden locks to help cancer-stricken children.
When Kiara Fry found out there were little girls with cancer who had lost their hair, she decided to help them. So the nine-year-old from Petworth cut off eight inches of her hair so it could be made into a wig.
“I want to donate my hair so that someone else can have hair if they’ve lost it because they’re poorly. I know I would be really sad if I was that poorly, and I would be even more sad if I didn’t have any hair,” said Kiara.
“I thought it would be a really kind thing to do and would maybe help someone. It might not make them feel better, but hopefully they will be happier.”
She wasn’t even really scared about having it cut. “I was definitely nervous, and when the hairdresser actually cut my ponytail off, I was really shocked that she really did it!”
“I’m donating it to the Little Princess Trust, they make wigs for children with cancer, and I really like the name because I would like to be a princess, and mama always calls me her princess.”
Asked how it felt to have shorter hair, Kiara said: “It felt strange at first because my neck got cold. But I’m hoping to grow it really long then I might get it cut short again!
“But it is definitely much easier to wash and get ready in the morning for school!”
Proud mum Vikki said: “We saw a programme months ago about children with cancer and Kiara thought it was unfair they had to be poorly and lose their hair.
“In an attempt to cheer her up, I told her it was okay because they could choose a cool wig.
“She wanted to know where they got the hair from and I told her people donated it. On the way to the hairdressers, a friend mentioned the Macmillan coffee morning and Kiara decided on the spot she wanted to have the hair that was cut off donated.
“I thought she had forgotten about our conversation and the programme – apparently not!
“I am so unbelievably proud of Kiara, she has such courage.
“What she has done is so selfless, she loved her hair when it was long, and loved swishing it around like any little girl, now she has given that same joy to another child.
“Every day I see her hair short, I’m reminded of how thoughtful she has been. And her attitude to the whole thing is, ‘I’ll just grow some more hair’.”