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Journalist chops off hair days after wedding for charity

A regional daily journalist has had her hair chopped off for charity just days after getting married.

Eastern Daily Press reporter Donna-Louise Bishop has undertaken the cut in aid of the Little Princess Trust, which provides wigs for children who have lost their hair while undergoing cancer treatment.

Donna-Louise, pictured, had been growing her hair ahead of her wedding on Saturday.

She decided to help the charity after writing a number of stories about childhood cancer during her time as a journalist.

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In a first-person piece for the Norwich-based daily, Donna-Louise wrote: “While it might seem unusual for a newlywed to take such drastic action, I have a good reason.

“As a journalist, I have the privilege of writing about people’s lives – both the highs and the lows. One issue I have found myself writing about time and time again is childhood cancer.

“In fact, I have lost count of the number of articles I have written which are about youngsters overcoming or succumbing to this awful disease.

“This also means that I have often written about amazing volunteers and selfless acts of fundraising to help cancer charities. This includes Little Princess Trust.”

As well as providing wigs, the charity has given funding to more than 100 clinical trials and projects involving childhood cancer since 2016.

Donna-Louise has had her own cancer scare in 2016 after developing high-grade pre-cancerous cells which resulted in having most of her cervix removed. She was given the all-clear three years later.

She added: “It costs, on average, £700 to provide one wig and this cost covers the making, fitting, and styling of the wig. So, if you are able to delve into your pockets too, then I’d be so grateful for your support.”

Anyone wishing to donate to the cause can do so here.