23rd Sep, 2020

Brave Alexa to lose her locks for Down's Syndrome Association which helped her sister

Tristan Harris 27th Aug, 2020 Updated: 27th Aug, 2020

A BRAVE girl will be losing her locks on Tuesday, September 1, to raise funds for the charity which has supported her sister.

Alexa is for the chop at Alexa for Hair, Stratford Road, Shirley, run by her grandmother who she is named after.

Three years ago Alexa’s younger sister Libby was born with Down’s Syndrome.

Like a lot a children with Down’s Syndrome, Libby has major heart defects and has undergone life-saving open heart surgery three times at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH).

During that time the family had to spend many months living at the hospital where Alexa met with many sick children for the first time.

This inspired her to try to help others and the funds she raises from her hair cut will go to the Down’s Syndrome Association.

The 11-year-old has previously raised money for BCH and two years ago she started to grow her hair for the required 16ins needed so it could be used by the Little Princess Trust.

The charity makes customised wigs for children and young people who lose their hair through treatments for cancer and other serious illnesses.

A JustGiving page set up for Alexa generated more than £200 on the first day it was live and she is now up to more than £800.

Alexa’s proud mum Annabel said: “People don’t generally know that many people with Down’s Syndrome suffer from complex and debilitating medical problems throughout their lives.

“Unfortunately, Alexa’s sister is one of these children.

“Alexa is totally devoted to her sister.

“She has learnt sign language to teach her sister who cannot talk and spends all her time caring for and supporting her.

“We are very proud of our lovely girls who are kind and brave.”

Like most charities the Down’s Syndrome Association has experienced a massive drop in income due to the pandemic.

Annabel added: “The support they offer is invaluable to families.

“Alexa really wants to help them continue the amazing work they do.”

Visit justgiving.com/fundraising/littlemissgoodman1 to donate to Alexa’s page.

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