A brave student from Cornwall College Saltash has faced the chop in aid of charity. Level 1 Hairdressing student, Mia Welch, waved goodbye to her locks and raised over £350 for the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides real hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment. Hairdressing lecturer, Sarah Bratherton, cut Mia’s hair in front of friends, family and fellow students before colouring the new style.
Mia, said: “When I was 14 I had alopecia and it got to the stage where doctors thought I may have needed to get a wig. Luckily I didn’t, but going through that has made me realise how alopecia can affect anyone and I really want to use my experience to raise awareness of the disease. When I become a qualified hairdresser I want to own a salon and cut peoples hair who are less fortunate than me, those that are homeless, disabled or struggling with an illness.”
Mia’s Mum Verity Welch added: “I am really proud of Mia wanting to do this. She went through so much when she lost her hair. I am so proud of her. It is fantastic thank she wants to raise awareness and help others.”
The Little Princess Trust work with specialist suppliers and experienced hairdressers who offer wigs tailored to the individual child’s needs to give the most realistic look and feel, as close as possible to their original hair.
Hairdressing Lecturer at Cornwall College Saltash, Sarah Bratherton, said: “Mia is such a special person, her outlook on life and her aims for the future are brilliant. I am really proud to be a small part of what she is looking to do in the long term.”