A KINDHEARTED youngster is cutting her hair off to raise money for charity in memory of her cousin.
Seven-year-old Ella Dopson was inspired to donate to the Little Princess Trust after a trust was set up in memory of her cousin, Indee Rose Dopson, who died in 2009 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Ella, from Canvey, has grown up with the Indee Rose Trust and came up with the idea to help other children.
She has been growing her hair for the past six months and will donate her locks to the Little Princess Trust, which provides wigs to youngsters who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment.
Mum Perri Dopson, 31, said: “She is a brave young girl. She is aware of cancer and chemotherapy because she’s grown up around the Indee Rose Trust charity, which was set up in memory of her cousin.
“It was all her idea and she said she wanted to give her hair to children who have lost theirs through chemotherapy.”
The Indee Rose Trust offers support to children who have been diagnosed with brain tumours by sending them treasure boxes full of gifts.
Ella, who attends William Read Primary School, in Long Road, began fundraising last week and had already raised more than £700. She will be cutting off about ten inches of her hair next Saturday.
Mrs Dopson added: “She isn’t nervous at all. Instead she’s been looking after her hair more now because she knows it will go to someone else who has no hair.”
Jane Dopson, Indee’s mum, said: “Ella and Indee were so close and she’s doing it in her memory.
She’s such a brave girl to have it done.”
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