Savannah Gusterson, aged 10, from Parkend, Sandwick, got her hair cut yesterday (Saturday January 23) by Sammy of Sammy's Hair and Beauty salon in Church Street, Stornoway, as the culmination of her fundraising campaign
Savannah has raised a grand total of £550 for the Little Princess Trust charity, thanks to "incredibly kind and generous people. Sammy also donated to Savannah's fundraising, which was super kind,” says Donna, Savannah’s mum.
The total is what it costs the charity to make a real hair wig to help someone who has faced a horrendous situation, so Savannah is over the moon.
She set her original target at £150 because many are struggling right now but has done far better.
The Trust provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young people who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other conditions.
They say: “When a child loses their hair to cancer or another condition, we'll be there with a free, real hair wig to help restore their confidence and identity.
“We won't stop until the research that we fund ends childhood cancer forever.
“Please visit us at www.littleprincesses.org.uk to find out how you can help us give young people back what cancer takes away.
“The Trust relies solely on the efforts of enthusiastic community fundraisers. We receive no formal funding. Please help to raise money for us so that we can help more families.”
Since 2006, the Trust has provided more than 8,000 wigs and given grants totalling more than £7 million towards research projects focussed on finding more effective treatments for childhood cancer.
Donna says that her daughter has always been one of those who hates to hear of people and animals being hurt or facing bad situations. Savannah had talked on and off for a long time about doing something positive to help others, but she seemed to have limited options as she is just 10. However, the awful year which 2020 turned into for many people, spurred her on to not waste any time and just to do it.