A MINEHEAD fund-raiser will lose her hair for a good cause on Tuesday (February 20) when she has 12 inches of luxurious locks cut off to provide hair for wigs for children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other conditions.

Donna Archer’s sponsored haircut, to be carried out by Gail Barrett, owner of Shades hair and beauty salon at 41, The Avenue, will raise money for the Little Princess Trust, which has been providing free wigs of real hair for youngsters since 2005. Each wig costs around £500 to make.

Donna, who works for the YMCA in Minehead, said: “Several of my family and friends, including children, have been victims of cancer and the Little Princess Trust is doing a wonderful job and needs all the help it can get.”

As well as seeking sponsors for her haircut, Donna is also organising a bingo and raffle night for the charity at the Minehead Social Club on Sunday, May 5.

“I have been amazed by how generous local businesses and individuals have been in offering sponsorship and donating prizes for the bingo and raffle,” Donna said.

The Little Princess Trust will be given Donna Archer's hair when it is cut for charity on Tuesday.
The Little Princess Trust will be given Donna Archer's hair when it is cut for charity on Tuesday. (Donna Archer)

“They include Dunster Castle, the West Somerset Railway and the Minehead MOT Centre, just to name just a few.

“This is a charity which really seems to touch people’s hearts.”

Donna said she was not fazed about her impending haircut: “I am 57 now so my hair probably needs to be cut!”

Last year, while recovering from major hip surgery, Donna organised a charity bingo night at Minehead Social Club which raised £1,057 for the air ambulance charity.

To attend the bingo and raffle night on May 5, you can just turn up on the night or contact Donna in advance to book a table.

Sponsorship forms for Donna’s haircut are available at Shades and anyone wanting to give donations or raffle prizes can contact Donna via email at [email protected]