Now, Willow has had her long, blonde hair chopped off – raising £1,143 for the Little Princess Trust.
The charity makes wigs for children and young people who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatments or illness.
Willow, a pupil at St Mary’s School, had launched a low-key fundraiser, initially among her family friends, about three weeks ago, backed by mum Charlotte, dad David and sister Kara, 13, with the aim of raising £300.
But Mr Anderson then highlighted her efforts in the Houses of Parliament, calling for Mr Rees-Mogg to recognise her efforts.
Mr Anderson said in the Commons: “I’m sure a mention from the Leader of the House will go a long way to help her increase the money already raised to help other little girls throughout the UK.”
Mr Rees-Mogg replied: “What a wonderful little girl Willow sounds, for what she is doing for the Little Princess Trust, a truly moving cause supporting young children suffering cancer, I commend them for their work.
“Willow’s efforts are particularly impressive, raising £500, a terrific achievement. I wish her all the luck in the world in her fundraising.”
Her proud dad said: “It was an absolutely brilliant day, she’s now raised an amazing £1.143.
“During the haircut she received a special phone call from the chief executive officer of the Little Princess Trust, while she was there in the salon.
“They are also going to spread Willow’s achievement on their social media.
“We couldn’t be prouder of our daughter. She’d wanted to do this for a long time. For a five-year-old wanting to do this off he own bat, it’s just been such a special thing.”
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