A group of local girls have raised £10,000 for charity at the same time as donating their hair to children with cancer. A total of 36 girls aged between 4 and 12 from across Birmingham took part in the event Kids Helping Kids Princess Hair Donation, organised by Matt’s Missions.
Following in the footsteps of pop star Jessie J, the girls bravely sacrificed their beautiful ponytails for The Little Princess Trust, who will turn their hair into real hair wigs for youngsters battling cancer. Their ponytails were cut by 5 children from Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital currently battling cancer, who each received a special gift from Matt’s Missions. The girls’ hair was then trimmed and styled by Princess Snow White! Their princesses’ pamper party at Solihull College, Woodlands Campus was attended by other Disney princesses and characters and they were treated to a pamper, including make up and nails, a pink princess bouncy castle, a princess buffet and more.
And if sacrificing their locks wasn’t enough, the girls have so far raised a grand total of around £10,000 between them through sponsorship, cake sales, raffles and more! All the girls received trophies, certificates, tiaras, goody bags and cupcakes as a thank you for taking part.
All donated funds will benefit Birmingham based Matt’s Missions Children’s Charity. Run by Matt Denning, Matt’s Missions aims to ‘Make Smiles Glow’ on the faces of disabled, very sick and life limited children. The charity arranges day trips and brings special characters, gifts and parties to the bedsides of very sick children in hospital.
Matt said: ”I have witnessed and put on some amazing events over the 4 years fundraising and got so many memories stored – but to see this event come together from a simple idea I had a few months ago, to see the 36 that attended smiling, giving cuddles, excited, inspired and supportive of the poorly children who were there and to hear them all shout Matt’s Mission Mini Missioners while posing for photos, was the most proudest moment in a long time for me personally.
“This was all about the children as part of the new campaign I have set up called ”Kids Helping Kids Mini Missioners” – a campaign which inspires children to raise funds for poorly children and enjoy what they do at the same time. The children are the future of the charity … so it is good to get them involved.”
And Matt thanked all the girls that took part saying: “I would like to thank each and every one of my princess Mini Missioners – they were excited for the whole two months, they took part in fundraising events … and they did me and themselves and their families proud.”
If you feel inspired by the girls’ fundraising campaign, you can still sponsor them! You can find some of their fundraising pages posted on our facebook page
Well done girls, a very generous thing to do and some inspirational fundraising!
Some of the Kids Helping Kids girls from the Northfield area – click image for larger:
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