Malahide United AFC’s Sam Simpson went for a haircut with a difference recently, when he donated his considerably long hair to The Little Princess Trust.
eeing a social media appeal for the British charity, Sam – who was Malahide United AFC’s top goal scorer last season – decided to grow his hair long with the intention of having it cut and made into a wig for a sick child.
The Little Princess Trust provides thousands of real hair wigs to sick children and young people, aged up to 24 years across the UK and Ireland.
Sam explains: “Basically, back in November 2019 I saw some of the promotional materials from The Little Princess Trust on social media and it kind of just struck a chord with me.
“I was just thinking of what I could do and they were asking people for hair donations and money donations, and I was just thinking it’s very simple to just grow your hair.”
Sam made the decision to grow his hair for a year and donate it to the Little Princess Trust, but the longer he grew it, like Rapunzel, the longer he decided to let it grow.
“I just said, ah, I’ll just keep it going and every few months I’d make a decision to keep going and then eventually it got to a length where it would be described as suitable for a long wig for the trust.
“Then I just made the decision that it was time to cut the hair. So I actually grew it with the explicit decision to Donate it to the Little Princess Trust.”
Sam is now in the process of fundraising for the manufacture of the wig, which costs The Little Princess Trust £550 to make.
He says: “There’s no personal affiliation for me to the charity, it was just through their promotional materials you just see the trauma that the kids have to deal with. They’re thinking about Surviving as opposed to anything else and they have to deal with the physical changes and they’re perception of how they look.
“Cancer is not a thing a kid should have to go through and it just struck a chord with me, as it would with anyone.”
You can help Sam by donating at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sam-simpson15