A KIND-HEARTED girl who has been growing her hair all her life to be like ‘Rapunzel’ is to have her long locks lopped in memory of her great grandad and to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and the RNLI.
Gracie Fagan, six, from Northfield, has always had long hair since she was three.
On December 2, her great grandfather Fred Oakes – Grandad Freddo (named after jokes about the Cadbury’s chocolate bar) – passed away after battling pancreatic cancer.
Gracie’s mum Becky said: “Gracie and her grandad were exceptionally close.
“He thought the world of her and she idolised him.”
Gracie then came up with the idea of having her hair cut for charity so she could earn as much as she could in memory of Grandad Freddo, who lived in Rubery all his life.
The family chose Macmillan Cancer Support as they offered so much help over the sad period of grandad being unwell and have also supported Gracie’s close family friend duing his battle with cancer seven years ago.
They chose the RNLI as the ad supported this charity most of his life.
As well as the cash being raised, Gracie’s hair will also be donated to The Little Princess Trust so it can be used to make wigs for children who lose their hair through treatment for their illnesses.
Gracie said: “I am very excited to cut my hair, and for my hair to make someone smile with a wig, then they can have brown hair like me.
“I would like to help poorly people get all the help they can get.
“I think my Grandad Freddo would be very proud of me.”
Becky added “Gracie had always been a very kind-hearted girl who was always thinking of other people and putting them before herself.
“Since she was four, she has always talked about how she would love to do charity work and come up with ideas for how to raise money.
“Myself and Gracie’s dad Sam are so very proud of our beautiful little girl’s golden heart and her drive to help so many people.
“We love her very much.”
The family are now hoping to hold the cut either over the Easter weekend or at the end of March.
Gracie began her fund-raising on January 7 and has already had £200 pledged.
To donate, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/graciemaisbigcut and for more on the fund-raiser, search for Gracie’s Big Cut on Facebook.