8-year-old Portland girl donating hair to children's cancer charity

8-year-old Portland girl donating hair to children's cancer charity

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 12:01am 9th November 2019.

An eight-year-old from Portland's having her hair cut off to raise money for The Little Princess Trust.

Lucy Bird decided to grow her hair to help children who lose theirs through chemotherapy or other treatment after her big sister's fiancé was diagnosed with aggressive stage 4 bowel cancer.

Joe Morgan, who 'was like a big brother' to Lucy and her siblings died just ten days after his 30th birthday.

Joe left behind his wife Rebecca - Lucy's big sister - and their three children, Harley 13, Elsie 2 and Arthur 1.

Lucy Bird & Joe Morgan

Lucy decided to get her hair cut as close to Joe's birthday as possible. He would have been 31 last Thursday.

She said:

"Joe was really special to me. He took me to Peppa Pig world for my third birthday, which I still remember loads."

Lucy Bird & Joe Morgan

Lucy, who  goes to Wyke Regis Primary, said she's excited to have the chop done today - at Meraki hair salon in Poundbury - knowing it will go towards helping other children.

Next week she is due to show off her new hair in assembly and explain what the Trust is for and why she is doing this.

She's also set up a JustGiving page. Her initial target was £550 (the cost of one wig) but in just one month she's exceeded that to well over £1000. You can help support Lucy too.

Lucy Bird
Auntie Lucy with Elsie, 2 and Arthur,1

Lucy's mum Mary said:

"I'm just incredibly proud of her. She just said one day when we were driving along Beach Road to Portland: 'I'm going to grow my hair and cut if off and make it into wigs for children that don't have any hair."

Mary added that they gave Joe a great send-off:

"We had an amazing birthday party for Joe just before he died and he stayed till the bitter end, even though he was really unwell.

It's just so weird that a year ago he was here and now he's not. And now he's not going to be here to see his children grow up. It's just tragic. But Lucy and the rest of the family will always share their memories of Joe to keep him alive for them.

"He was absolutely wonderful."

Lucy Bird

Good luck Lucy, from the Wessex FM team - we can't wait to see your new hair!