Teen donates hair to help two charities

Roisin Swarbrick, age 13, who is shaving all her hair off to raise money for St John's Hospice.
Roisin Swarbrick, age 13, who is shaving all her hair off to raise money for St John's Hospice.
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A caring and giving schoolgirl is having her long tresses shaved off for charity.

Roisin Swarbrick, 14, of Westminster Road, Morecambe, is not only raising money for St John’s Hospice but she is also donating her hair to children’s charity Little Princesses, who make wigs for children who have lost their hair due to alopecia or cancer.

Roisin, a Year 9 pupil at Our Lady’s Catholic College, said: “My nana Roslyn Pickering was treated at the hospice during the last months of her life.

“People who have cancer and chemotherapy don’t have a choice in losing their hair, but I do so its kind of symobolic. My schoolfriends and family have been really supportive but it will be quite unusual to have no hair.

“I’ve had long hair for 14 years and only had trims so it will feel strange.

“I’m excited but nervous about it now.

“I’ve been to the hospice a few times now and its a really nice place. The volunteers and staff do amazing work.”

Roisin’s mum Deborah said: “I’ve got four daughters and they all have long hair but its what she wants to do.After all its only hair and it will grow back.

“So many people benefit from St John’s locally and nothing is too much trouble for them. Roslyn (my mum)_would be very proud.”

The headshave is at Jo and Cass in Lancaster this Friday at 4pm.

n To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/Roisin-Swarbrick.