A GIRL from near Thurso will be taking up the role of Rapunzel next week – though her metre-long golden locks won’t be used for helping suitors climb towers but rather for making wigs for cancer patients.
A fairy-tale story is coming true for Rhona MacDonald, from Stempster, Westfield, who has been growing her long, golden hair all her life.
Her dream to make a difference will be realised next week when she gets her tresses lopped off on Friday for the Little Princess Trust – a wig-making charity that provides free hairpieces to children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other illnesses.
The 15-year-old said the idea of being in the hairdresser’s chair next Friday in Hair at 21 in Thurso is quite a daunting prospect.
“It has been quite a thought to get it cut and I always had in mind that I would like to do some good with it when I eventually cut it,” she said.
“I had heard of charities that make wigs for children and teenagers and after some research I learned about the Little Princess Trust.
“They are doing a really great thing.”
She added: “It costs roughly £350 to make a basic wig so I thought that as well as donating my hair towards making a wig, I would raise money for the charity.”
Rhona started a Just Giving website on July 4 to allow her to start her fundraising and so far has raised over £1500 – 50 per cent more than her original target and enough for more than four wigs.
“I’m amazed at the support and encouragement I have been getting,” said Rhona.
“Some people have heard about this and have stopped me on the street in town to donate to this charity.”
Taking up the shears next week will be owner of the hairdresser’s Ros Hook.
Donations can be made online at http://www.justgiving.com/rhonamacdonald3