Little Princess TrustFoster carer Sarah, her daughters and foster child have had their hair cut for a charity that creates wigs for children who have suffered hair loss.

They have teamed up with others from their local primary school for the big chop, after a son of a friend, George, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in January 2016. George has suffered with hair loss and his big sister wanted to raise awarenesss by cutting her hair and donating it to The Little Princess Trust. Other families got involved having seen first hand how George’s treatment has affected him and his family.

Families at the school were also compelled to raise awareness when tragically, in February 2016 there was the loss of a much loved parent, Sue Kendall, leaving behind her husband, young family including Jack who attends Woolston Community Primary and many close friends from the area.

The children have stepped forward from Woolston Community Primary School to show support and raise awareness following a difficult 12 months amongst families being directly effected by cancer within the school.

Sarah said: “My own daughters wanted to join in too to help raise awareness and support others affected by cancer, and soon lots of girls from the primary school and some mums were all joining in.”

The group from have so far donated 23 ponytail plaits to provide hair for the wigs.

Sarah added: “This has been a massive achievement and we are personally very proud of Bianka and our girls for this selfless act.”


The Summit

The Summit

On 14th August 2016 a group of 19 Capstone Foster Carers, friends and children set off to walk up Mount Snowdon. We set off at 10am after a cooked breakfast at a local pub and were accompanied by two fantastic mountain guides, Mo and Sian from the organisation Aim Higher. It was much harder than most of us expected but being part of a group really helped on the long rocky ascent upwards. There was great group camaraderie and we all encouraged each other on. We arrived at the summit at 2.15pm. The views were amazing, a little hazy at the top with clouds floating in and out, creating breathtaking views with a slightly Tolkienesque/mythical atmosphere. This activity was arranged through the Capstone Young People’s Participation group and was a sponsored event to raise money for 13-year-old Shanais who needs an operation to correct two severe scoliosis curves of the spine.

CB2C22A7-0076-40BE-82A9-A8BD2E9B3949The operation that Shanais needs is only available in the US and is called Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT). VBT is a lot less invasive than current operations offered in the UK with only small incisions under her armpit, not cutting all the way down her back as with a rod. Her spine will still be able to still grow (unlike the rod), she will be pain free and she will have less complications when it comes to having children of her own.

Shanais’s dream is to be on the stage and perform. She is an active young lady who is amazing at what she does. Shanais’s whole life is based around her gymnastics, dancing, drama and singing, and she has future aspirations of performing on stage and teaching drama. The most important factor is that by having the VBT, Shanais will have full flexibility and be able to go back to her gymnastics, dancing and any other sports, just like anyone else. To sponsor our event please contact southwest@capstonefostercare.co.uk.

Kind regards

Anne-Marie
Supervising Social Worker, Capstone Foster Care, Hampshire


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