Dibya, 14, had 20 inches of hair chopped off to help the Little Princess Trust
A teenager from Farnborough is hoping to make a difference to the lives of children who have suffered hair loss by donating some of her own.
Dibya Ghale, 14, had a 20-inch section of her hair chopped off in order to donate it to the Little Princess Trust – a charity that provides free wigs to children undergoing cancer treatment.
She is also collecting sponsorship money to donate to this charity and Cancer Society Nepal, which helps cancer patients and their families in the country and provides health awareness programmes.
Visits are also made to remote villages to provide screening tests.
The hair cut was carried out by Dibya’s hairdresser aunt at her Cromwell Way home on August 31.
Dibya said: “I’ve cut it loads of times before, but never this short. It feels very different, but when I see it, it makes me happy that I have done something nice.”
The Hawley Place School pupil has previously volunteered at school events, but this is her first foray into solo fundraising.
She said her parents and older brother had been supportive of her efforts and that she had raised nearly £500 of her £600 target.
She chose the charities due to them being close to her heart – Dibya lost a grandmother and great aunt to cancer, as well as an uncle very recently, with whom she was very close.
“I am helping these charities because, being a teenager, I know looks are very important at this age and to be able to give them help means a great deal to me,” she said.
“I am helping Cancer Society Nepal because, being Nepalese and having visited Nepal, it is clear that it is still a developing country and it doesn’t have the equipment and the education needed to teach the locals about cancer, especially in remote villages.”
Donations can be made online via my.give.net/dibya