Six-year-old Ava donates her hair to charity making wigs for sick children

Ava Wells has her waist length hair cut to shoulder length to raise money for the Little Princess Tr

Ava Wells has her waist length hair cut to shoulder length to raise money for the Little Princess Trust to make wigs for sick children. Photograph Simon Parker - Credit: Archant

A six-year-old girl has donated her hair and more than £1,500 to a charity providing wigs for children going through treatment for cancer.

Ava Wells, from Ipswich, had her almost waist-length hair trimmed back to just above her shoulders on Saturday.

The discarded locks will now go to the Little Princess Trust.

The charity is able to send donated hair off to wig makers. The resulting wigs are then given to children free of charge.

Ava’s mother Rebecca Symonds said: “She wanted it shorter anyway and I said rather than it going to waste, some people donate their hair.


You may also want to watch:


“She was all up for the idea.”

That conversation was last year and although it was put on the back burner for a while, Ava was still keen to do it. The idea returned just before Christmas, when one of her school friend’s mums did it.

Most Read

A fundraising page was set up on the Just Giving website and brought in more than £1,500.

“I couldn’t quite believe how much she’d raised,” Mrs Symonds added. “A lot of people have donated to her.

“She understands what it all means. Every day she asks me to check how much has been raised and she knows it goes to charity.”

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter