A KIND-HEARTED businesswoman touched by the plight of a tragic tot has sacrificed her flowing locks to make wigs for children suffering from cancer.
Jessica Davanzo hacked off 10 inches of her brown hair after being ‘moved to tears’ by a picture of a little girl suffering from neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer.
Little Chelsea Knighton, from Northamptonshire, died aged three but her charity, Chelsea’s Angels, helps families dealing with childhood cancer.
Miss Davanzo heard of the charity through her business, Davanzo Ltd, which creates bespoke merchandise and promotional products.
The 30-year-old, from Rugeley, said: “I often work with charities that need branded items to spread their message, and when I saw a picture of Chelsea’s smiling face, in spite of being in so much pain and having lost her hair, I just felt I had to do something.
“I’m very precious about my hair. The thought of losing it absolutely horrified me, but the charity does such fantastic things for seriously ill children and their families.
“I decided I would have a sponsored hair cut which has so far raised about £450 for Chelsea’s Angels.
“I’m also going to have my hair made into a wig for children suffering from cancer.”
With the help of best friend Lisa McIntyre-Jones and Armitage photographer Jo Simmonite, who agreed to capture the sacrificial moment, Jessica shed her luscious locks in her lounge.
Chelsea’s Angels supports children suffering from rare forms of cancer
through volunteers offering to help families.
Fund-raising activities are regularly organised to provide special gifts and ‘dream outings’.
Miss Davanzo is gathering support for a sponsored pyjama day on May 24.
She said: “The idea came from the fact that poorly children spend a lot of time in their pyjamas and it would be marvellous if people in schools, colleges and offices could get involved.
“Alternatively local people could also cut off their hair like I did. It’s certainly easier to dry after a shower.”
Anybody wishing to support Chelsea’s Angels should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations for Miss Davanzo’s sponsorship page can be made online at www.charitygiving.co.uk/jessicadavanzo.
More information is available online at www.chelseasangels.co.uk.