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Thatcham girl donates hair to charity

Ellie, 12, inspired by mother's cancer battle

Thatcham girl donates hair to charity

A THATCHAM girl born with a life-changing condition has donated her hair to help others.

Eleanor Wakelyn, aged 12, has donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust. The charity makes wigs for children who have lost their hair to cancer and radiotherapy. 

Ellie was born with Cerebellar ataxia, a progressive condition which affects her balance and makes walking and other activities very difficult. 

Mrs Wakelyn said others had described Ellie, who attends the Castle School in Newbury, as “a phenomenal little girl with a can do attitude to life”.

Ellie decided to donate her hair after seeing her mother, Katherine, battle the disease.

“Having had no hair and being so ill was shocking and worrying for my children,” Mrs Wakelyn said.

“Ellie in particular thought I might die and she was extremely worried. I was bald and looked terrible.”

Seeing her mother being treated for cancer led Ellie to donate her hair “to a little girl somewhere who doesn’t have any hair, to make them feel better”.

The cut was performed by Rachel at Claire’s hairdresser in Thatcham.

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