Girls support best friend with leukaemia

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Two young friends are to have their long hair chopped off to raise cash for their best friend who lost hers through leukaemia.

Carlton Road Academy pupils Libby Walsh and Mackenzie Rivett-Milne, both six, will have seven inches chopped off their hair at the school next Thursday.

Money raised will go towards Children In Need, but their hair will be donated to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children who lose their hair through illness.

Their efforts are to support their friend Sarah Thornhill, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2011.

Lynette Mellows, Libby’s mum and godmother to Sarah and Mackenzie, said: “The girls love Sarah to bits and we are all very proud of them. They love their long hair but they felt sad for Sarah when she lost hers so said they wanted other poorly girls who have cancer to have their hair.”

Both Libby and Mackenzie celebrate their birthdays in Boston next week – but the party will be extra special with the recent news that Sarah is now in remission.

They are appealing for a hairdresser to donate their time to cut their hair on the day.

To sponsor the girls visit Carlton Road Academy, Boston, to pick up a form.