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Hats off to Terri and her new locks

PUBLISHED: 03:11 13 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

FOR years a little Ipswich girl has worn hats to protect her fragile head against the sun, and knocks that most toddlers would be able to shrug off.

Some of Terri Calvesbert's hats have been pretty, others warm and woolly, and she even wore a special helmet for a while - which didn't last long.

FOR years a little Ipswich girl has worn hats to protect her fragile head against the sun, and knocks that most toddlers would be able to shrug off.

Some of Terri Calvesbert's hats have been pretty, others warm and woolly, and she even wore a special helmet for a while - which didn't last long.

Her wisps of baby blonde hair were destroyed when she suffered 85 per cent burns in a fire at her home in November 1998, and although her young body has been –and is still being -repaired, her hair was lost forever.

But now the girl who has become a household name to Evening Star readers during her courageous recovery, is to finally have flowing locks.

Terri has chosen a wig which will make her look like a little princess.

When she went for a fitting, the light colour caught her eye and she was convinced she wanted to go blonde.

Terri herself decided she wanted a blonder version of the wig she saw, with darker streaks in it too.

Her dad Paul, 27, said: "She didn't look at anything else – she saw that one and that was it. She's a girl who knows what she wants."

He said her head is much better than it was, but there are still two sore places where her skull was damaged.

It is still being specially-handmade for her, and she will soon be able to wear hairbands and bobbles like all the other little girls in her class at Whitehouse Junior School.

The wig will play a key part in Terri's self image, which she is growing more aware of as she gets older.

Her family treat the sensitive subject with humour, joking about how she could leave the wig at the barber's for a haircut, or for a wash and blow-dry.

Paul said: "We've got to be lighthearted about it," and this sense of humour is rubbing off on Terri as she tries the wig on.

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A documentary of Terri's life, is to be shown on Anglia TV, at 10.35pm on Wednesday

The half-hour Cover Story programme is entitled Living Doll.

She will also be mentioned on Home Malone, to be screened at 1.05pm that day.

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To make a donation to the fund, send a cheque payable to The Terri Calvesbert Appeal, c/o Geraldine Thompson, editor's secretary, The Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

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