Daughter cuts off hair in memory of her father

PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 April 2016

Leah Thompson after her haircut

Leah Thompson after her haircut


A generous woman had her hair cut off in a Hatfield salon and is donating it to children with cancer.

Leah Thompson gets her haircut by Nicki FoxLeah Thompson gets her haircut by Nicki Fox

Leah Thompson, 24, from Watford, is raising money in memory of her father, Tony Thompson, who died from cancer in April last year at the age of 74.

She had her hair cut off at Jo’s Salon in Hatfield on Friday, April 8, and is donating it to The Little Princess Trust, which uses donated hair to make wigs for children with cancer.

Speaking before her big haircut, Leah said: “My hair is relatively long and they have to tie it in bunches then plait the bunches then cut them off.

“I’m quite excited actually. It’s quite a drastic change. My friend who I’ve known since I was four got married and I decided to grow my hair long for that occasion. The date coincided so I decided to donate my hair when I was done with it.”

Leah Thompson before her haircutLeah Thompson before her haircut

Leah has also been raising money for Dorothy Hospice, based near Bath, which looked after her father before he died.

She said: “I’m raising money for the hospice because they provided so much care for my dad.

“They gave him so much emotional support, not just for him but for my family, and they need £7,000 a day to stay open.

“It’s nice to give something back to the people who care the most.”

Leah has already raised £1,080 for Dorothy House, way ahead of her £100 target.

To donate to Leah’s JustGiving page, go to https://www.justgiving.com/lopitoff

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