Wickford wig shop to hold annual charity event

A Wickford business is to celebrate its fourth anniversary with what has become a traditional annual charity fundraising event.

Watson Wigs in Market Lane, off the High Street, invites people at this time every year to the shop to have their hair cut which is then donated to ‘The Little Princess Trust’ – a charity which provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young adults up to the age of 24 who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other medical conditions.

After having to miss last year due to COVID, this year’s event will be held on Saturday October 9.

On the day there will be a qualified hairdresser, Essex Bridal Hair, who will be based in the shop cutting and restyling anyone wanting to donate their hair.

The Braid Box will be braiding their coloured/regular or glitter party braids, Jack Of All Sports will be challenging people to a penalty shoot out, along with Mega Doodle Facepainting and a raffle.

Proprietor Carla Watson said: “I have been a proud sponsor of ‘The Brain Tumour Charity’ since I opened and it’s always been very close to my heart having close friends and family diagnosed.

“Over 9,000 people are diagnosed each year with a primary brain tumour, including 500 children and young people – that’s 25 people every day! Their aim is to improve understanding, diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours to improve outcomes for everyone affected.”

This year, the event is also supporting a new charity ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ which is the UK’s largest anti-racism educational charity.

If you wish to make a donation of hair, the charity asks the following:

  • Minimum donation length – 17cm / 7 inches of good condition hair
  • Hair must be clean/dry (shampoo without conditioner / no styling products)
  • Hair to be tied into plaits/ponytails, secured at both ends
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