Rapunzel cuts off her hair

A CARING five year old from Woking, who refers to herself as Rapunzel stunned her mother by asking if she could give up her flowing locks for charity.

Little Jessica Edwards was walking through town with mum Suni when she spotted a young cancer patient and began to question why she didn’t have any hair.

Jessica then asked Suni, who is a Reiki master teacher, if she could use her healing techniques to help grow back the youngster’s hair.

Suni, 34, said: “I didn’t want to have to explain cancer to a child because it can be quite traumatic.

“So I said that the special medicine they were makes their hair fall out and that’s why the magic hands wouldn’t work.

“Then Jessica asked if she could give some of her own hair to the little girl.

“I was really surprised and overwhelmed at her kindness and innocence – I was so proud.”

The first port of call for mother and daughter was Google and a web search for a UK-based charity that would accept hair donations to turn into wigs.

“It wasn’t that easy,” said Suni. “But the Little Princess Trust eventually came up and we spoke to them about making a donation.”

The pair visited two salons before finally finding one that could squeeze Jessica in for a trim before closing.

The charity requires a minimum of six inches per donation. But Jessica went the extra distance, and gave a thumbs up for the

stylist at Italian Hair Design in Wolsey Place to give her a 10-inch chop. Each wig, given to ill children across the country for free, costs around £350 to manufacture, so the £205 raised by Jessica in sponsorship so far will go along way to helping another little girl feel like Rapunzel as well.

Beaming Suni said: “If it inspires others to think, ‘I’ve got six inches of hair I can donate’, then it will be amazing – Jessica is such a giving child.”

TO make a donation to Jessica and her Little Princess Trust charity push, visit justgiving.com/princess- JessicaEdwards

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