‘Rapunzel’ makes ultimate sacrifice for charity

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Five-year-old Caitlin Butler, 
from Yetholm, has proved to be a little princess after she bravely had her hair cut at a charity 
fundraiser.

Following a discussion about cancer with her family due to a recent loss, she asked if there was something she could do to help fight it.

After agreeing to a haircut, she decided to donate her tresses to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes wigs for children who are undergoing treatment, as well as raise money to help pay towards the cost of making the wig and send money to the Margaret Kerr Unit at Borders General Hospital who, in her words, “help the doctors who help look after people”.

Caitlin has been growing her hair to be as long as Rapunzel’s, so it was a huge decision for her to suggest to have it cut.

After a month of fundraising, the day finally arrived and she was so excited.

The event had been arranged to coincide with Yetholm Festival Week children’s disco as a lot of her friends would be there to support her.

The turnout was amazing. When it came to the chop her hairdresser and family friend, Sarah Barbour, measured out the length with her mum to make sure she had the minimum length required for donation – seveninches. She was then set, and with the support of her friends and family they helped count down and support her through the cut.

She smiled through the whole event and the pride on her friend and family’ faces was evident. With a few gasps and held breaths the last cut was made through the ponytail and she received a huge cheer and round of applause. Her hair was then tidied up and shaped ready to enjoy the children’s disco with her friends. The end result was more than 11 inches of hair ready be bagged up and posted off.

The combined total she has raised via sponsorship, donations and her mum donating any commission made from her Pampered Chef business for June, stands at well over £700, with some of her sponsor sheets etc still to be collected.

She is hoping to send the donations to the charities at the end of July so if anyone would like to sponsor her they can do so by completing one of the sponsor forms which are available in Yetholm village shop, or via her just giving page – www.justgiving.com/teams/caitlinsbigchop

She and her family would like to thank everyone who has supported and sponsored her, including Sarah Barbour and the Yetholm Festival Committee.