Schoolgirl donates hair to charity in memory of Libby Holliday
PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 October 2017
A kind-hearted five-year-old has had her long locks cut off so she can donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust in honour of Libby Holliday.
Chloe Hartley-Hodge has raised more than £830 for the charity, which was supported by 35-year-old Libby from Flax Bourton before she died from bowel cancer last year.
Chloe attends Flax Bourton Primary School with one of Libby’s sons and decided she wanted to help in her memory.
She said: “Last September I started school. A boy in my class lost his mummy and she went to heaven just before he went into reception with me.
“She really wanted to help children who are poorly and might need a wig because they have lost their hair or can’t grow it.
“Now my hair is really long and I want to help make wigs for other children who need it.”
Chloe has only had a trim before so this was her first proper haircut.
Her mum Clare Hartley-Hodge is very proud of her daughter after such a thoughtful act.
She said: “I was apprehensive about chopping it all off as we’ve spent nearly five years washing, conditioning, brushing and plaiting her crazy and beautiful curls and ringlets, but it is for an excellent cause and it will, of course, grow again.
“She is such a thoughtful, generous and giving child and what a lovely way to harness and nurture these qualities at such a young age.
“We really are very proud of her and her friends in her class who have been supporting Libby’s charities all year with various fundraisers and events.
“She was totally unphased by having all her beautiful curls chopped and was so genuinely happy to help another child. She took it all in her stride and led by her, so did we. What a superstar.”
Libby grew up in the area and was well-known in Flax Bourton and Backwell where she ran the Equicraft tack shop with her sister Jane.
Chloe has now posted her hair to the Little Princess Trust, which provides wigs made from real hair, free of charge to children who have lost theirs through cancer treatment.
Chloe has almost tripled her fundraising target, but people can still donate at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chloe-hartley-hodge