Rosie's mountain climb and haircut to provide wigs for at least two children suffering from hair loss
An eight-year-old Bishop's Stortford schoolgirl who wanted to be Rapunzel when she was little has completed a fundraising double in aid of a charity that supports children with hair loss.
Keen hiker Rosie Londors, who attends Summercroft Primary School, where mum Hollie is a Year 5 teacher, decided to chop off her long locks for the Little Princess Trust.
But she wanted to take the challenge a step further by climbing Mount Snowdon – at 3,560ft (1,085m), the highest mountain in Wales – to raise enough money for the charity to then turn her hair into wigs. It will benefit children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.
Said mum Hollie: "When researching, we discovered it costs the trust £550 to turn every hair donation into a wig, so Rosie decided to raise those funds herself to send away with her hair. As a huge hiking fan, she decided on her biggest challenge yet – climbing Snowdon!"
Rosie and her mum completed the climb on Saturday July 9 in "boiling" conditions. So far she has raised £1,465 – enough for two wigs, but with donations still coming in via her online fundraising page, the final total could cover the cost of even more.
"The trust gets so many donations of hair, but a lot is wasted because it doesn't always have the money to turn them into wigs," said Hollie. "She didn't want her hair to be wasted so set herself a whole load of challenges, from reading books to a litter pick and then the climb.
"She was amazing. It was very tough and absolutely boiling, but the community on the mountain was phenomenal. Everyone was stopping to ask her what it said on her T-shirt, people gave her cash on the mountain and took photos of her fundraising link and have since donated. They could see she was struggling at times and their encouragement lifted her and carried her up."
Rosie had her hair cut on Tuesday July 12. Hollie said she was so proud of her daughter, who had first read about the Little Princess Trust in a magazine.
"I was more nervous about the haircut than climbing Snowdon! But she loves it and it looks really amazing," said mum.
"She's never had it cut before, so it was literally her life's worth of hair that she's cut off. When she was little she struggled to grow her hair and said she wanted to be Rapunzel, which is why we've never cut it. What she's done is incredible."
To donate to Rosie's cause, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rosieswig.