“My hair is very important to me, due to my late Dad’s love for it. He chose not to take a certain type of chemo just because he was scared that I would not recognise him. So, the honour of donating my hair for someone else, who is going through something so physically and mentally draining was therapeutic for me.”
Those were the words of Jigsaw (South East) Young Ambassador, Molly Humphreys, 19, a year ago after she lopped off seven inches of hair to raise money for Jigsaw (South East). Our East Grinstead based bereavement charity, supported Molly and her family after her Father Graham’s death when she was 8-years-old.
The student, who is about to take a gap year before going to university, raised sponsorship for the cut and donated her shorn locks to the Little Princess Trust, which provides real hair wigs to children and young people with hair loss and helps fund vital research into childhood cancer
Molly, alongside her friend and fellow Jigsaw Young Ambassador Hannah Romaine, supports us by attending events and sharing her story and experiences. The girls met at a Jigsaw (South East) Grief Support session.
Last year Molly and Hannah helped launch BBC Children in Need in Sussex and the girls have represented Jigsaw at many events. They are also involved in peer-to-peer support with younger bereaved children.
For teenagers to give up their spare time to volunteer for us as Molly and Hannah do, is wonderful.
We thank Molly and all of our volunteers for their invaluable contribution. If you are interested in working with us as a volunteer in fundraising, admin or with families, please contact Sarah Dodson by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.