A Director at Latimer Hinks Solicitors, a Darlington based law firm, cut her hair after growing it for almost two years in aid of the Little Princess Trust.
Natalie Palmer, a senior member of the Private Client Department, chopped off 24 cm of her hair for the charity that makes wigs for children who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.
Natalie’s decision to grow and cut her hair was as a result of the death of her friend and colleague, Helen Thomas, who died from cancer aged 33. Natalie learned of the cost of making real hair wigs when accompanying Helen to one of her appointments and, after losing Helen, decided she wanted to grow and cut her hair for charity.
As part of the firm’s fundraising group, Hel’s Angels, Natalie has been involved in a number of charitable activities last year that raised more than £5,000 in Helen’s memory.
Natalie, who has been at the firm for nearly 20 years said: “It was heart breaking to learn that a wig made of real hair can cost nearly £400. Donating my hair to the Princess Trust was the least I could do to try return some normality to the life of a child going through an unimaginably tough time.
“What is even more heart warming is that my nine year old niece called to tell me that she thought what I was doing was brilliant and was inspired to do the same. I am so proud of her getting involved as well; I know that it is a big commitment, particularly for someone of such a young age.”
Latimer Hinks Solicitors marked the culmination of its 125th year celebrations with a charity ball in November, which raised £36,000 for St. Teresa’s Hospice Darlington and Bishop Auckland MRI Scanner Appeal as well as a number of smaller local charities.
To learn more about the Little Princess Trust, visit: www.littleprincesses.org.uk