Young girl pledges to shave off hair to help toddler with cerebral palsy

A ten-year-old girl is planning to shave off her shoulder-length hair to raise money for a young family friend living with cerebral palsy.

Toddler Raife Wilson, Wiltshire, lost the majority of his right temporal lobe after birth, following a significant bleed on the brain spurred on by a lack of platelets.

As a result, the two-year-old has since encountered numerous health difficulties and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

According to reports, Raife has learned to walk at a relatively young age – but struggles with stiffness in his muscles and other complications.

Mum Laura Wilson has launched a charity campaign in a bid to fund a potentially life-changing selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) procedure – which would cost approximately £45,000.

Family friend Skye Williams has kindly offered to contribute to the youngster’s cause by shaving off her long hair.

Skye’s locks will be donated to the Little Princess Trust – a charity that makes wigs for children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment – but any funds raised will go towards Raife Wilson and his family.

Keileigh Williams, Skye’s mum, said: “Skye has wanted to [cut off her hair for charity] for a while but wasn’t sure which charity to pick, so when Laura said she was setting up a charity for Raife, it seemed like the obvious choice.

“Her hair goes all the way down past her shoulders so it’s going to be a big shock when it all comes off.

“She’s having a number four done so it’s going to be very different.”

Laura Wilson, Raife’s mum, added: “We are so proud of Skye and very grateful, it’s a very brave thing for a ten-year-old girl to do.”

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