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Teenager raises more than £800 for Little Princess Trust

Bethany Stenton had her hair cut for a children's charity after her brother, Thomas, was diagnosed with cancer.

Bethany Stenton had her hair cut for a children's charity after her brother, Thomas, was diagnosed with cancer.

  • by Mike Muncaster
 

A kind-hearted 11-year-old has raised hundreds of pounds for a children’s charity after her brother was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Bethany Stenton, of Bankfoot Street, Batley, had her blonde locks cut for the Little Princess Trust.

As well as donating her hair to the charity, which provides real hair wigs for children suffering hair loss through cancer treatment, she has also raised more than £800 for her efforts.

Her 18-year-old brother Thomas was diagnosed with the rare form of cancer on his face and underwent radiotherapy last year.

He has since been given the all-clear and now visits for check-ups every three months.

Bethany’s dad, Richard, said: “She had really long, golden hair which went to the bottom of her back. She has done a lot of dancing so people recognised her because of her hair.

“Then out of the blue one night, she came downstairs and said she wanted to have her hair cut.

“Off her own back, she had been on the internet and found out about the Little Princess Trust and wanted to help.”

The Stenton family helped raise awareness of Bethany’s gesture, and encouraged friends and family to sponsor her.

Bethany had her hair cut at a salon in Howden Clough and has posted the locks to the charity.

Richard said he was very proud of his daughter.

He added: “She is a really kind and thoughtful girl and she wanted to do something to say thank you to those who helped fix her brother.

“The family stayed positive and strong through it all. It is really nice to see something positive come out of something like this.”

Little Princess Trust is a national charity which provides real hair wigs for children, both boys and girls, who suffer from hair loss.

To find out more about the work they do, go to www.littleprincesses.org.uk.

 

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