Willesden Green schoolgirl who cut her hair off for charity hits her fundraising target

Sophia Malta has hit her fundraising target. Photo by Adam Tiernan Thomas

Sophia Malta has hit her fundraising target. Photo by Adam Tiernan Thomas - Credit: Archant

A nine-year-old from Willesden Green who had her long hair cut off for a children’s cancer charity has smashed her £2,000 fundraising target.

Sophia Malta before her hair cut

Sophia Malta before her hair cut - Credit: Archant

Sophia Malta, of Lydford Road, has so far raised £2,188.08 for the Little Princess Trust, a charity which makes wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy.

The schoolgirl set herself a three month target to raise the cash but has reached it in just five weeks.

She said: “I feel proud and happy to have reached my target. It means that now more sick children can have a wig.”

The plucky schoolgirl who would cry when she had centimetres snipped off the end of her thigh length hair had 16 inches cut off on February 20.

She said at the time: “I didn’t cry. I was pretty nervous but it went well. Afterwards I felt kind of free.

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Sometimes I forget I cut off so much, I just get distracted but it feels lighter and there’s less hair to brush.”

The Little Princess Trust charity provides real hair wigs to children across the UK who have lost their own hair through radiotherapy or chemo-therapy.

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They also make wigs for children who have lost their hair through the auto immune disease alopecia.

Many are donated free by the manufacturers in China but the charity also buys them at a cost of £350 each.

Sophia was inspired to cut her hair after her grandmother got breast cancer and she saw her mother running around trying to get her a wig.

A family friend showed her a video of a hospital visit where a child undergoing chemotherapy said: “I wish I had hair like that” which made Sophia think she could give some of hers.

Sophia said: “Can you please help the Little Princess Trust to make more wigs to help little girls. Thank you so much.”

. The donation page is active until May for anyone who would still like to contribute can click here.

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