Tia’s hair-raising contribution…

Young Tia (left) loves her long hair – but when she heard that the Little Princess Cancer Trust was looking for hair donations to provide real hair wigs for children who have lost their own through cancer treatment, she decided to lose 11 inches of her lustrous tresses to this very worthwhile cause.

Tia, from Great Cornard, was also keen to raise money for the Kernos Centre – who have previously assisted her family – to help us continue funding our couselling and support services for local people with emotional and psychological difficulties

So Tia organised a sponsored haircut in Sudbury – which enabled both charities to benefit uniquely from her amazing act of kindness.

Tia’s lengthy locks were lopped off on Saturday 17th May at Penney’s hairdressers in North Street. They were duly sent to the Little Princess Trust, who said: “Donations like this enable real hair wigs to be manufactured, which are then given to the charity free of charge. Such wigs, particularly those made in small sizes, can normally cost up to £2,000 each”.

The sponsored haircut also raised around £365 for the Kernos Centre – which topped up a £50 donation that 8 year-old Tia and her brother Cameron (10) contributed to our charity last year from the sale of some of their toys. We would particularly like to thank all of Tia’s sponsors for their generosity.

Mum Charley said: “I am tremendously proud of Tia’s kind-hearted attitude towards helping others. She loves her hair but when she saw that some children become poorly and lose theirs she just had to help, telling me that her hair will soon grow and then she’ll be able to do this all over again!

“The Kernos Centre has helped our family and it does an amazing job – the counsellors touch so many lives and Tia wanted to give something back.”

Kernos director Chris Boatwright concurred with Tia’s mum: “…it’s inspiring to other people that children so young can do something like this.”

If you would like to add to Tia’s fundraising total – and in the process help Kernos with a vital monetary contribution – you can do so either by:

  • sending a cheque, made out to ‘The Kernos Centre’, to Kernos Centre, 32-34 Friars Street, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2AG


  • clicking on the ‘Donation’ button at the top of this page and following the instructions

If you are a taxpayer, your contribution could also be eligible for Gift Aid – which means that every £10 contributed is worth £12.50 to us. For a Gift Aid Declaration form, please contact us – either at the above address or by e-mail at admin@kernos.org