Holding her head high

Helenae has her hair packaged to send to the Little Princess Trust
Helenae has her hair packaged to send to the Little Princess Trust

A former Motherwell teenager has raised more than £900 for a children’s charity by hosting a fundraising event, during which she completely shaved off her long hair.

Helenae Mullen (18) decided to hold a fundraiser for the Little Princess Trust after her uncle Kevin passed away due to cancer last year.

The Little Princess Trust provides real-hair wigs, free of charge, to children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other illnesses.

Helenae, who studies HNC Events at City of Glasgow College, said: “After my uncle passed away, I knew I wanted to raise money and awareness of cancer and so decided to hold an event in aid of The Little Princess Trust as it’s a fantastic charity.

“I shaved off my hair to donate to the charity so that they can make it into a wig, it was quite a scary thing to do but I’m just so pleased that it will put the smile back on at least one child’s face.

During the race night in Rutherglen, Helenae’s dad Kenny shaved off her 17” long locks in front of a supportive crowd, before everyone enjoyed a disco and charity raffle.

Helenae said: “The night was a huge success and everyone that came along had a fantastic time.

“I was quite nervous about shaving my head but I’m actually really surprised to have found that I love being bald.

“A few people have stared and laughed at me in the street, it doesn’t bother me but it does make me sad to think that people might do that to children who have lost their hair through illness.

“I hope that by doing this I’m able to raise more awareness of this horrible disease, which I hope will be beaten one day.”