Sutton women with cerebral palsy gives up 2ft long hair for others

A 19-year-old Sutton woman with cerebral palsy is giving up her 2ft long brunette hair to help youngsters going through cancer.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 9:56 am

Bethany Snell, who is almost 20, is having her long locks lopped to help young people who have lost their hair through cancer treatments and other conditions.

The Landmarks Specialist College student is taking part in a sponsored hair cut for the Little Princess Trust which provides free real hair wigs to children and people up to 24 years,who have lost their own hair.

Bethany with the help of brothers Jamie and Harry, mum Donna and dad Andy, has already collected around £300 in sponsorship, although she is hoping Chad readers will get behind her efforts.

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Bethany Snell who is taking part in a sponsored hair cut

Her mum Donna Snell said: “”Usually, Bethany hates anyone messing about with her hair, so I was very surprised when out of the blue she said Mum, can I cut off my hair for the Little Princess Trust? I have been trying to get her to cut her hair for about two years!

"I didn’t know where she had heard about it, and thought perhaps she will forget about it, but she is absolutely determined it is what she wants to do it

"She even wanted to give her upcoming birthday money to the charity but I said she should treat herself as she already has some sponsors.”

Bethany Snell with her hair in a plait

As well as cerebral palsy and epilepsy, Bethany’s mobility is affected on her left side, and she mainly uses a wheel chair. She also has epilepsy, curvature of her spine and learning difficulties.

Donna added "She has been through so much over the years, in and out of hospital with her various conditions. But she is so strong and has set her mind to helping other youngsters who are going through cancer and losing their hair.”

The chop is planned to be held at the Serenity hair salon on Outram Street, Sutton, at 1.30pm, on May 4.

Andy, Donna, Jamie, Harry and Bethany Snell

Donna added “The whole family is supporting her. I hope she will keep enough hair that she can still tie it back. She says she might like to have it coloured red so she can look like Jessie out of the Toy Story film!”

To donate or sponsor Bethany email [email protected]