Dunstable's Elizabeth cuts off long locks to help children with cancer

A kind-hearted Dunstable school girl has donated twelve inches of her beloved long hair to help children fighting cancer.

Wednesday, 17th October 2018, 5:17 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th October 2018, 5:25 pm
Elizabeths long blonde locks before her challenge!
Elizabeths long blonde locks before her challenge!

Elizabeth Battersby, seven, is now proud to have a beautiful blonde bob because she wanted to raise funds for the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides wigs for brave youngsters who have lost their hair as a result of treatment.

The Ashton St Peter’s CoE VA Primary pupil was inspired by her Auntie Annette and a friend, who had both taken on the challenge.

Elizabeth said: “I wanted to grow it long because I thought I could have my hair like Rapunzel.

Elizabeth's new look. Her 12 inches of chopped hair will be made into wigs for young cancer patients.

“My auntie and someone I know in year six did it, so it inspired me.

“My hair will help children having cancer treatment to get wigs.

“Before my haircut I felt nervous and excited! It felt a bit weird at first but now I have got used to it.”

Elizabeth’s mum, Leanne Philpott, said: “The night before I washed and brushed it and thought ‘it’s not going to be here tomorrow’ - but it’s all for a good cause.”


Elizabeth’s hair was cut by Lynzy Stimpson and the challenge has raised nearly £500.

They money will help towards the cost of making the wigs.

Step dad Tom, 34, and brothers George, 11, and Jacob, 10, are also very proud of Elizabeth.

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Elizabeth had been growing her hair for a very long time.