Hair it goes – fund-raisers in West Suffolk drop locks for charity

Melanie Purkiss

Melanie Purkiss

A four-year-old girl from Ingham is preparing to cut 11 inches off her hair to raise funds for a charity that helps care for her sister.

Connie Balaam’s 16-year-old sibling, Maddie, is gastrostomy fed and requires specialist care for a number of complex health conditions, including Noonan’s syndrome, epilepsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, autistic spectrum disorder and two heart conditions.

Connie hopes her hair cut at CC Hair Art, in St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds, next Saturday will raise money for Each Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each), which has supported her family for 12 years.

Like eight-year-old Izzy Ansell, from Mildenhall, who cut eight inches from her hair last Tuesday, Connie will be donating her long locks to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children.

Izzy’s cut raised £100 for Macmillan Cancer Support, which has supported several of her friends and family.

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Melanie Purkiss, landlady of the Swan in Coney Weston, is also sporting a new look after having her head shaved last weekend.

Her efforts, inspired by a pub regular who has cancer, have raised more than £1,600 for Star Throwers, a charity that cares for people affected by the disease.




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