A young girl has cut off years’ worth of hair to raise money for our hospices

Eldra Humphreys, 8, of Llanrwst underwent the chop to raise money for us as her friend Bedwyr Davies attends Tŷ Gobaith for respite stays.

Eldra displays the length of hair she sacrificed

Very rare condition

Bedwyr has the extremely rare genetic condition Coffin-Siris syndrome which causes significant learning disability and has just 200 children diagnosed worldwide.

Eldra had wanted to cut her hair for a while, and after some persuasion of Mum, Bethan she received her stylish new bob on the 31st May at the Y Siswrn salon in the town and was sponsored by friends, family and community members.

Bethan said: “Eldra wanted to cut her hair at the end of last year but I wasn’t sure as it was so long and beautiful.

“I eventually said okay, but suggested that we do if for charity.

“She loved that idea and chose Tŷ Gobaith to help support Bedwyr.”

Best friends

Eldra will also be donating the hair to The Little Princess Trust who make real hair wigs for children going through chemotherapy.

She raised over £600 which will be split between the hospice and Alder Hey children’s hospital where she herself underwent corrective surgery at just two years old on a hypoplastic thumb which was amputated and an index finger turned into a thumb.

Having met at baby club and always attended the same school, Eldra and Bedwyr are great friends and even live very close by each other.

Bedwyr who attends Tŷ Gobaith for respite sessions

A kind, caring person

Bedwyr’s mum, Nerys said: “We are all very proud of Eldra.

“She is such a kind and caring person – always thinking of others.

“She faces her own challenges too, but knows that Tŷ Gobaith help Bedwyr navigate life and wanted to support him.

“At Christmas she even asked Santa Claus for £20 to give to charity – that was the first thing on her list.”