Girls put a bob each way with hospice donation

03:41, Jul 19 2012
Wig fundraiser
HAIR-RAISING: Nelson schoolgirls, from left, Sophie Robertson, Lily Barlow, Beccy Goble and Jorja Barlow, after having their hair cut off to raise funds for the Nelson Region Hospice.

A television documentary about a young girl suffering from cancer made such a big impression on four Nelson schoolgirls they decided to do something to help.

Sophie Robertson, 11, her cousins Lily, 8, and Jorja Barlow, 6, and their  friend, Beccy Goble, 5, were devastated when they watched the programme that screened last year.

The young cancer patient wore a wig after losing all her hair following treatment so the girls made a pact to grow their hair and then sell it to a wig maker and donate the proceeds to the Nelson Region Hospice.

After growing their hair for the last year, all four girls went into the hairdresser during the school holidays and had their locks cut off.

Now they plan to send their hair to Freedom Hair in Dunedin, which specialises in making wigs for cancer and alopecia sufferers, and take the proceeds to the hospice.

"‘We wanted to make the people with cancer that have lost their hair feel better," Lily said.


"It was a little scary not knowing how short it would be but we are happy and excited to be helping others."

Lily said she liked her new haircut because "it feels light and I don’t get knots".

Lily and Jorja’s mother, Nikki, is hugely proud of all of the girls.

"It was a really sweet thing to do and they came up with the idea themselves," she said.

"It’s the first time any of them have had short hair so it’s a big step for them.

"They quite like their new haircuts too, which is a bonus."

Nikki said the girls had to grow their hair to a minimum length of about 35 centimetres for the wig maker.

Sophie’s hair was the longest at 40 centimetres.

Nikki said the girls hoped to be able to take their donation in to the hospice so they could see where it was going.

It would help them appreciate the hospice’s work does in the communitynte, she said.