July 26 2014 Latest news:
by Samantha Lewis
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
A selfless teenager had 17 inches of her luscious locks lopped off to donate to a charity that makes wigs for children suffering from cancer.
Megan Moloney, of Bounds Green, has spent five years growing her hair and was so proud of her precious mane she rarely tied it back.
But the 15-year-old was determined to go for the chop after hearing about The Little Princess Trust, which provides real-hair wigs for youngsters who have lost their own through chemotherapy treatment.
She had enough hair cut off to be able to donate four 17-inch plaits - enough to make one wig with some left over to go towards a second.
“Having a short bob has taken a bit of getting used to,” said Megan. “But knowing that I’ve been able to help make the life of a child who is going through a really difficult time a little bit better makes it more than worth it to me.
“Some people have even said short hair suits me better, but I think I’ll probably grow it back again.”
It costs the charity £350 to make each wig, so Megan has also been busy fundraising, putting out appeals on Facebook and calling on support from her friends and family. She has smashed her £1,400 target, with donations still coming in.
The schoolgirl added: “I’m so grateful to everyone who sponsored me. We were aiming to raise enough to make one wig - I can’t believe we raised enough for four.”
To donate to Megan’s appeal visit justgiving.com/Megan-Moloney