Little girl donates two feet of her hair in incredible sponsored charity chop

Author: Aidan Milan, Metro UK
Published On: 08/09/2023

Young Stella Dance had a big appointment at the salon this summer, and came home with a lot less hair – 23 inches to be exact.

The 11-year-old, who lives with her family in Kent, underwent a big sponsored chop for charity on July 15, and has already surpassed her fundraising goal by more than £500. Mum Kaye, who shares Stella with husband Mark, 43, tells this is the second time Stella’s done a big hair chop like this for charity, with the first time being when she was just six years old.

‘It all stemmed from an appointment that she had at Great Ormond Street Hospital,’ Kaye, who works as an administrator for a maintenance company, recalls, ‘where she saw other children going through different types of illnesses, whether it be cancer or alopecia.

Stella, who’s a little sister to Hope, aged 21, Josh, 18, Matthew, 17, and Lucais, 13, knows first-hand what it’s like to get support from a charity like this. Stella was born with a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis type 1, or NF1, which is a genetic condition that causes (usually benign) tumours to grow on a person’s nerves.

Read more of Stella's story here.

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