Elsie Bagley, 8 years old, from York is planning to have 12 inches of her hair chopped off for charity. She will be donating her hair to The Little Princess Trust and raising money for the charity Kidney Care UK.
Elsie was inspired to raise money in honour of her stepfather Paul who has kidney failure. He has already had two kidney transplants and one liver transplant and his family are holding a number of fundraising events in order to raise £500 for Kidney Care UK and raise awareness of the impact of kidney disease. These include Elsie’s sponsored hair cut as well as Elsie’s sister Caitlin, 11 years old, giving up crisps since the start of January, and a raffle and auction, as well as a pub quiz night in the summer and a family-friendly party in the park.
Emma Linfoot, Elsie’s mum, said: “We have had a tough couple of years with Paul being very unwell so I wanted to help turn things around and do something positive. In 2019 we will be doing all sorts of things to help raise awareness of organ donation and kidney failure as well as raising as much money as we can for Kidney Care UK. Elsie is really excited about being able to raise money for charity and to donate her hair to other children who need it as well.”
Robert Hope, Head of Fundraising at Kidney Care UK, adds: “As a charity we receive no government funding so we rely on the kind generosity of supporters like Elsie. To be thinking of others in this way at such a young age is incredibly touching and it’s inspiring that Emma is looking to find ways to turn a difficult situation into a positive. Everyone at Kidney Care UK wants to say a huge thank you for the family’s fantastic fundraising efforts.”
Elsie’s stepfather Paul adds: “I’m so proud of Elsie at such a young age to do such a selfless act to help others in need. It has been inspiring to see Elsie’s enthusiasm to grow her hair so that she can donate it to other children who are having a difficult time. In doing this, Elsie has also helped to raise precious funds for Kidney Care UK, who are an amazing charity and who help raise awareness about all aspects of kidney failure.”
Elsie plans to have her hair cut off in May by Jess at the 'Rock the Barnet' salon on Boroughbridge Road, York, once she’s grown it long enough. You can sponsor the family on their JustGiving page