March teenager is hospital’s ‘hair-o’

Phoebe Dudley sponsored headshave  for Great Ormond Street Hospital and sending hair to little Princess trust. ANL-150126-091323009
Phoebe Dudley sponsored headshave for Great Ormond Street Hospital and sending hair to little Princess trust. ANL-150126-091323009
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A March teenager made a hair-raising sacrifice to net £1,000 for the hospital which helped save her sister’s life.

Phoebe Dudley, 17, had her long locks shaved off in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital children’s charity.

The headshave marked 20 years since her older sister, Laura, underwent a life-changing 14-hour operation at the London hospital when she was just a year old.

She said: “I wanted to do something to mark 20 years since she was treated at the hospital for cancer, as well as raise money for other children and their families to make their time at hospital a little easier.”

She said she was completely shocked and overwhelmed by the amount of support she received, having exceeded her target of £1,000.

“I didn’t think people would be quite so generous, especially as it’s just after Christmas when money is tight – but it’s been amazing,” she added.

Phoebe was joined by Laura and other family members and friends when she had her head shaved at Elite Hair Studio in Elwyn Road, March, by salon co-owner Tracy Dear.

Tracy said: “Phoebe is a regular customer anyway so, when she asked if I could help, I said ‘yes’.

“I was a bit nervous doing it, I was shaking more than Phoebe!”

Phoebe will also be donating her hair – which measured just under 51cm – to the Little Princess Trust, which provides real-hair wigs to boys and girls who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

Anyone wanting to donate to Phoebe’s cause can still do so by visiting: www.justgiving.com/gonewiththehair