A KIND-HEARTED Uttoxeter woman is preparing to sacrifice her locks in a bid to send a youngster bravely battling cancer on a dream trip to Disneyland.
Donna Alkins, of Westlands Road, decided she wanted to help family friend Imogen Evans to have something to look forward to as she endures 12 months of gruelling treatments in her war against Neuroblastoma, a child specific cancer of specialised nerve cells.
The seven-year-old, a patient at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
Mrs Alkins said: “Imogen is currently having chemotherapy and 12 months of treatment, which could result in her losing her hair.”
“The idea just came to me out of the blue. It will be hard but I just thought it is for a good cause as it is for Imogen.”
The 40-year-old has been friends with Imogen’s parents Ginny and Simon ever since their children started school together at St Joseph’s Primary School, in Springfield Road.
Despite Mrs Alkins’ children being that bit older, they did a lot of the same activities and the parents have been friends ever since.
The mother-of-five said: “I asked Ginny and mentioned about a waterpark but Imogen will not be allowed to go into water for 12 months.
“It would really do Imogen the world of good and cheer her up as well as giving her something to look forward to and take her mind off things.
“I just wanted to do something to help the family. I am always donating money to charity but this will just be to help Imogen and her family.”
Mrs Alkins will have her head shaved by the H&C Group hairdressers, in Market Place, on April 26 and has admitted she is a little worried in the run up to the big day.
She added: “I am a bit nervous but I know it’ll be okay. My husband Stephen thinks I am brave to do it. I would like to ask people to please donate, it doesn’t matter how much as every little helps.” Those wishing to sponsor Mrs Alkins can get a sponsor form at the Post Office, H&C Group, Windsor Park Middle School and they will be around the shops.