Employees at a Hertfordshire family-owned business MCP Properties (MCP) have rallied in support of a colleague donating her hair for children and young adults who have lost their own hair to illness.
Charlie Burgess, a commercial analyst at MCP, donated 12 inches of her hair to a charity called The Little Princess Trust and raised over £1,000 in the process.
The charity provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young adults up to the age of 24, who have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.
After a relative’s niece lost her hair following chemotherapy treatment for a brain tumour, Charlie wanted to help.
“In 2016 my sister-in-law’s niece, Ava, was told she had a brain tumour. The tumour was in a part of her brain that meant during her chemotherapy Ava unfortunately lost her hair,” said Charlie.
As well as giving her hair, Charlie wanted to raise money to support her family’s full-time care for Ava. She initially aimed to raise £200, but donations have now totalled £1,160.
As part of the fund-raising, Charlie asked her colleagues to sponsor her hair donation and these efforts raised nearly £300.
MCP, who has a long history of supporting employees and their local communities, offered to match-fund any donations made by staff, meaning close to £600 was raised internally.
“You can feel a bit helpless when you hear sad news from your family or a friend, so I just wanted to do something to help Ava and her family. It’s obviously very touching when your colleagues help you to do something good, and I am so grateful to everyone who donated their own money to support this cause”, Charlie added.
Matt Clarke, managing director at MCP said: It’s a brave thing for Charlie to do, and we’re extremely proud of her. I’d like to thank all the staff and clients that generously contributed to Charlie’s efforts, and wish her family all the best with Ava’s treatment.”
Donations can still be made via Charlie’s GoFundMe page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/charlies-cut