Plaits off as mum and daughter raise money for charity

Barbara Robinson and daughter Isabella with their plaits.
Barbara Robinson and daughter Isabella with their plaits.

A mother and daughter have raised money for two charities by cutting off their plaits for charity.

And the plaits have been sent to The Little Princess Trust in England where they will be made into wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer or other conditions.

Barbara Robinson’s plaits were 9.5 inches long and three-year-old Isabella’s were 8 inches long.

A total of £2,530 was raised and this was split equally between Spud Bear Ministries, which helps children in developing countries, and the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children (Armagh Support Group).

Barbara, who lives just outside Portadown and is a beauty therapist, decided to help The Little Princess Trust after a little girl came into the salon where she worked and informed her that she was wearing a wig from The Little Princess Trust.

Said Barbara, “Then the next client also said she had worn a wig for three years. This is when it hit home that it’s not just hair, especially when you don’t have it.

“It was also fantastic to know that the wigs made in England are being fitted for free to children in our own community.”

Barbara said she was overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of friends, family, clients of Beauty Afayre Day Spa, Markethill and The Retreat Beauty Salon, Banbridge (both of which she works in) 
who sponsored her and Isabella.

She has also thanked fellow parishioners of The Diamond Grange and Tartaraghan Churches as well as donations from people who heard what they were doing and whom they had never met.