A girl from Dorset will donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust while after raising money for Weston Hospicecare in memory of her Nanna.
Pippa Kirby of Blandford Forum has raised more than £400 for Weston Hospicecare, based in North Somerset, after her beloved Nanna was cared for by the charity.
The 11-year-old will be cutting her hair in August to make good of her fundraising promise.
She said: “Nanna had very beautiful hair, even when she was poorly.
“I know some people lose their hair during strong cancer treatment so I decided to donate my hair to the Little Princess Trust to help other people who have lost theirs.
“I also wanted to find a way to say “thank you” to the people at the hospice who work so hard and care so much for the people that stay there.
“This is why I decided to try and raise a bit of money, and also to remember my beautiful Nanna who spend some of her time there.”
Pippa recalls her grandmother feeling at ease within Jackson-Barstow House while receiving end of life support.
Pippa continued: “When my Nanna (Julia Walker) stayed at Weston Hospicecare, she told us that she felt very cared for.
“She wasn’t eating very well but the food that the hospice made for her not only encouraged her to eat but it actually made her smile because it was so beautifully presented.
“Being looked after by the hospice took a lot of pressure off of Nanna because she knew there were trained people to help her when she needed it.
“It also took a lot of pressure of our family because we knew she was safe and being looked-after when we weren’t there with her.
“We were nervous the first time we came to the hospice because we expected it to be like a hospital and it was emotional seeing our Nanna so poorly, but knowing she was ok helped us to feel ok too.
“I would say to other people visiting the hospice, not to worry about it, but focus on your loved one because they are being so well looked-after.”
To support Pippa’s wonderful fundraising efforts leave a donation on her JustGiving page by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wwwjustgiving-pippakirby.