Katie donates her hair to help cancer charity

Jenny Kroska, hair stylist and part business owner at Fidgets in Whitley Bay with Katie Tonks, aged 6. Picture by Gillian Cross Photography.
Jenny Kroska, hair stylist and part business owner at Fidgets in Whitley Bay with Katie Tonks, aged 6. Picture by Gillian Cross Photography.

A youngster is doing her bit to help children suffering from cancer.

Katie Tonks is raising money for the NECCR (North of England Children’s Cancer Research) after having her hair cut off to create a wig for young cancer patients.

I am so proud of Katie and her heart felt dedication to help others.

Susan Tonks

The six-year-old had the chop at her mum’s salon, Fidgets, in Whitley Bay.

And now Katie, who was inspired by a TV advert of a child who lost their hair through the disease, is calling for others to join in at a free open salon event on Friday, November 6.

Fidgets, in Marden Road, will offer any child who would like to donate their locks to charity a free haircut and will also put forward a donation for each child too.

The minimum amount needed to create the wigs is at least seven inches and people can book their appointment by calling the salon on (0191) 251 5175.

All hair donated will be sent to The Prince’s Trust who will then create the wigs.

Alongside the haircuts, the salon is also offering complimentary pamper parties for those children suffering from cancer.

Mum Susan Tonks said: “I am so proud of Katie and her heartfelt dedication to help others. Seeing a six-year-old’s passion to want to make a difference is inspiring.

“We aim to make this a fun-filled day and encourage as many people as possible to join us.

“We are keen to raise as much money and collect as much hair as possible. More haircuts on the day means more donations and wigs for this worthwhile cause.”

Chris Peacock, chairman of the NECCR, added: “We think Katie is pretty remarkable.

“It takes something quite special to offer to cut your hair for charity, and at six years old, her dedication is out of this world.

“We’ve been really touched by Katie’s offer as well as the offer of her mum, Susan, to extend Katie’s fundraising efforts to the wider community.

“We’d like to thank them both for their support, and hope lots of people join Katie in going for the chop for charity.

“Every penny raised through sponsorship goes to fund research into new treatments for children suffering with cancer, so we’d encourage anyone sponsoring Katie to dig deep, it really makes a difference.”

Anyone who would like to organise their own fundraising event for the NECCR, find out more about the charity or get involved can contact fundraiser Janet Price at janet@neccr.org.uk or 07808 349570.

The NECCR was formed in 1979 by a group of parents whose lives had been forever changed by childhood cancer.

The charity helps to fund research into better treatments for the disease, which is the number one cause of non-accidental death in young children in the UK.

Since its launch, the charity has raised over £30m, and is helping more children than ever beat the disease and lead longer and happier lives.