Mum Katie gets wiggy with it for cancer costs

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 February 2016

Katie Rose with her daughter Poppy

Katie Rose with her daughter Poppy


A Potters Bar woman wore a pink, curly wig for a week to raise money for a family friend's daughter.

Mia BarrettMia Barrett

Katie Rose, 35, of Cranborne Road, Potters Bar, wore the wig from Monday, February 1 to Friday, February 5, to raise money for her friend’s daughter Mia Barrett.

Mia, who is 11 and lives in East London, suffers from a rare form of cancer and her family have been raising money for her to go to America this week and receive treatment.

The NHS is paying for the treatment but the family are trying to raise £5,000 to cover the living expenses, as well as a birthday party and holiday for Mia when she comes back to the UK.

Katie has been trying to raise £350 by wearing her wig, and has so far raised £210.

Katie Rose out and about in her wigKatie Rose out and about in her wig

Katie, who moved to Potters Bar from South East London around 16 years ago, said: “I was going to do my hair but I asked a few people and they suggested the wig.

“I’ve been friends with Mia’s mum for over 25 years.

“I have a disabled daughter myself so I have been in and out of Great Ormond Street for years.

“This really touched my heart because this is one of the sweetest girls I know.”

Katie’s daughter Poppy, 6, has a condition called tracheo-oesophageal fistula (TOF), which is a rare condition which affects the pipe between the mouth and the stomach.

She has two other children, Sarah, 20, and Amy, 16 and works as a full-time carer for Poppy.

The wig has sparked reactions from people out and about in Potters Bar.

She said: “No one’s really asked why I am wearing it, but people laugh and I’ve had lots of smiles and giggles.

“One man shouted ‘You look wicked, go on!’

“It’s nice to have people smiling.”

To sponsor Katie go to

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