Good cause is a real family affair

Julie McLauchlan and her daughters Marissa (8) and Alise (6), from Bearsden, who got their hair cut to donate to a charity.
Julie McLauchlan and her daughters Marissa (8) and Alise (6), from Bearsden, who got their hair cut to donate to a charity.

When six-year-old Alise McLauchlan said she wanted to cut off her long hair for charity she inspired her mum and sister to follow suit.

Alise is giving her hair to the Little Princess Trust which provides wigs for children who suffer hair loss due to cancer treatment - with her mum, Julie, and sister, Marissa (8), also opting to join the charity trim.

As well as donating their hair, Julie decided to raise funds for Action for Children’s Byte Night which helps prevent youth homelessness.

Julie, managing director at Glasgow based PR consultancy Perceptive Communicators, said: “We have supported Action for Children and Byte Night for a few years now.

“I completely took for granted the warm, cosy and loving home I was lucky to grow up in.

“Today I’m struck by how many young people, particularly girls, I see on the streets of our cities.

“When I heard that Alise wanted to donate her lovely locks it made me really proud of her and also sparked the idea of making it a charity challenge for Byte Night. It will be sad to see the end of our long hair, but we are in great hands.”

Marissa’s godfather Jonathan Forbes, who has a salon in the West End of Glasgow, will be doing the cutting.

He said: “I’ve cut hair for charity before, but this is the first time for three members of the same family. They have all got amazing hair, so I’m sure will be a welcome donation to The Little Princess Trust.”

Grant McFarlane, fundraising manager at Action for Children Scotland, said: “Julie is a big supporter of our work and we’re delighted she’s chosen to donate to Byte Night.

“This money will help us make sure vulnerable young people in Scotland have a safe and loving place to call home.”

Monica Glass, Charity manager at The Little Princess Trust said: “How incredible that three people from the same family are donating their hair together.

“All of their beautiful hair will be blended with other similar donations into real hair wigs for sick children in this country and Ireland.”

The girls have also raised over £1,300 in sponsorship for the Byte Night challenge. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/julie-mclauchlan