In September I will be cutting off pretty much all of my hair in order to donate it to the Little Princess charity where it can be made into a wig for a little boy or girl suffering from Cancer. My hair has been my absolute pride and joy since I was little. It has been my entire identity and cutting it off, learning to love myself and the way I look even without my hair is going to be really tough. It has brought me an unbelievable amount of happiness and it would be wonderful if I could share that happiness with somebody else who needs it. Despite me donating my hair to a Cancer charity, I have chosen to raise money for another charity that is very close to my heart; Great Ormond Street Hospital.
My niece, Mia, was born with Gastroschisis, a birth defect where where the baby is born with their intestines and other organs outside of their body. The very minute she was born she was taken from my sister and rushed to Great Ormond Street Hospital where she spent the next 3 months of her life in an incubator, having multiple life saving operations and round the clock care. My sister stayed up in London with her for weeks on end, and my family and I visited often. I can't put into words how heartbreaking it was seeing her tiny body poked with needles, and covered head to toe in wires and bandages. It's an awful feeling to spend months worrying that somebody you love could die at any moment, and that this could be the last time you see them, the last time you get to hold them, kiss them and tell them you love them. My family and I were the lucky ones. The amount of relief you feel when they are given the all clear and you are finally able to take them home, knowing that everything is going to be okay, is indescribable. We are so incredibly blessed. Mia has returned to GOSH many times over the years to have more check ups and operations to keep her healthy. Almost 5 years later, she is now a beautiful, happy, thriving little girl who is as healthy as ever. Despite many complications, failures and setbacks with her operations, without GOSH she would not be with us today. My family owe so much to them and so do many others.
Please help me to raise some money for the hard working doctors, nurses and surgeons that help to keep many other children like Mia alive, and hopefully this money can help them save more lives in the years to come.
We have two hands; one to help ourselves, the second to help others.