Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Frankie goes to hairdresser

A GIRL had a haircut for the first time in four years to raise money for charity.

A GIRL had a haircut for the first time in four years to raise money for charity.

Frankie Kempster, eight, of Ashford Avenue, Sonning Common, has given the two 25cm plaits to the Little Princess Trust, which uses donated hair to make wigs for children suffering hair loss due to cancer and other diseases.

Her hair was cut by Lynda Parker, owner of the Rudi Kartal hair salon in Duke Street, Henley, and styled into a bob.

Some of Frankie’s classmates from Sonning Common Primary School watched. They included Erin Renshaw, Scarlett Oliver, Gemma Phillips, Kimberley McGarvey and Carys Frankum.

The night before Frankie’s salon visit her grandmother Bronislawa Clark, from Caversham, a former hairdresser, helped wash and brush her hair and then plaited it.

Frankie, whose mother Linda Clark is a healthcare assistant at the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed, said: “The haircut felt like it only took a minute. It felt very weird because the hair had been so heavy on my head.

“I loved being in the salon and I liked how they did my hair. I’m very happy with the way it looks now.”

She added: “I’m proud of what I’ve done. I would like to grow my hair again and to donate it again.”

As well as donating her hair, Frankie has also been collecting money to be divided between the Little Princess Trust and the Dyslexia Research Trust. She has raised about £1,000 with collections at Rudi Kartal, Waitrose in Caversham, her school and the Sue Ryder shop in Duke Street, Henley.

The money for the Little Princess Trust will go towards making a wig, which costs £350. Frankie chose to fund-raise for the Dyslexia Research Trust as she attends its centre in Reading.

Mrs Clark, 48, who took a box of purple and white cupcakes into the salon to share with staff, said: “I had to go and hide in the corner while they cut Frankie’s plaits off. I thought she was going to cry but she didn’t.

“We haven’t properly cut her hair since she was about four. We would take off a few centimetres every six months.

“Frankie was really, really pleased with her new hairstyle and I think she looks gorgeous.

“She brushed her hair for the first time the next morning and when I took her back to school all the kids were brilliant.

“I’m proud of her and her fund-raising because the money is going towards some great causes.”

Mrs Clark thanked Mrs Parker  and a friend Lucy Ogston for helping to promote the fund-raising.

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