KIND-HEARTED: Lancashire schoolgirls lose their locks for charity

Lauren Dorricott, 13, from Longton, near Preston, who is poorly herself was inspired to help others after seeing so many children who had lost their hair on her own stay at Manchester Children's Hospital. Pictured after her hair cut
Lauren Dorricott, 13, from Longton, near Preston, who is poorly herself was inspired to help others after seeing so many children who had lost their hair on her own stay at Manchester Children's Hospital. Pictured after her hair cut

A brave schoolgirl has had her long locks chopped off to help others.

Lauren Dorricott, 13, from Longton, near Preston, who is poorly herself, was inspired to help others after seeing children who had lost their hair on her stay at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

The All Hallows High School pupil, who has a rare condition called Eosinophilic Colitis and a genetic condition affecting her legs, was keen to do something to help others, even though she is to undergo an operation on her thigh bones.

Lauren, whose older sister Chloe, 16, had the same problem with her legs, had her long hair cut into a bob at Lindsey Young Hair in Longton.

So far she has raised £250 and has asked for sponsorship from friends, family and class mates.

The teenager, who uses a wheelchair because she struggles to bear weight, sprayed some collection buckets pink and decorated them with butterflies and put them on the checkouts at Booths in Longton.

Her hair is already on the way to The Little Princess Trust – a charity which provides real-hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland who lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

Mum Belinda, 43, said when Lauren saw the children who had lost their hair because of cancer treatment, it made her upset and knowing she has done something to make a difference makes her happy.

She said: “I am extremely proud of her. It means so much to her because she loves being able to do things with her hair. It would be lovely for a little girl to get some enjoyment from it. When she was in hospital she saw things differently.”

Meanwhile, a kind-hearted Chorley girl has also had her hair cut for charity.

Lydia Brown, eight, has had 10 inches of her beautiful long hair cut off. Like Lauren’s, her hair will be donated to the Little Princess Trust.

The St Laurence’s Primary School pupil had her hair cut on Friday at Foran & Blake in Chorley and so far has raised £600 for the charity.

Mum Sarah, 38, said: “My partner’s grandmother, Christine Szczotok, died of a brain tumour and Lydia said ‘I wish I could help people with cancer.’

“It started from that really and she decided to do something for children.

“She has done very well, we are up to about £600.

“I am very proud of her, for an eight-year-old to think of something like this. She should be proud of herself.”