January 20, 2022, 3:56

    Gran, 67, donates hair for kid’s wigs 20 years after losing own hair to chemo

    Gran, 67, donates hair for kid’s wigs 20 years after losing own hair to chemo

    An inspirational gran with incredible hair has donated her locks to make wigs for little girls in need, two decades after losing her own hair due to cancer treatment.

    Judy Bradford, 67, lost all of her locks when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2001, as a result of eight months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy in a bid to overcome the illness.

    She was traumatised when her hair fell out "clump by clump," despite her horrible experience, Judy's locks grew back longer and browner than ever once she'd recovered from the treatment.

    She has since retained her beautiful colour throughout her retired years – meaning she has never had to dye her hair.

    Judy lost her own hair 20 years ago
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    Judy Bradford / SWNS)

    She donated the hair to the Little Princess Trust
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    Judy Bradford / SWNS)

    Now, 20 years on, Judy is determined to help children who are going through chemo and struggling with the same issues she did when she was diagnosed

    She said: "When I was washing my hair I remember being in the shower and my hair falling out in massive clumps I cried my eyes out and I was a fully grown woman – I can't imagine losing it as a child.

    "The day I started losing my hair it felt so disarming and at the time it was hard to believe I'd ever get it back to how it was.

    "But I've been truly blessed because, not only did it grow back, it has retained its colour throughout my entire life, even now when I'm almost 70.

    "Of course I have the odd grey hair, but on the whole its in the same condition as it was 50 years ago which is unbelievable really – I feel very lucky."

    Judy was able to donate her hair as it remained its original colour
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    Judy Bradford / SWNS)

    Like many, Judy had been unable to get her haircut due to the pandemic – with her last trip to the hairdressers dating back to January 2020.

    So, after a few months, she decided to use the opportunity to grow out her hair and donate it to the Little Princess Trust.

    The charity provides free, real hair wigs to children and young people up to 24 years old who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.

    Typically, the cost of supplying a wig to a child is around £700 once it's been made, designed and fitted – so Judy is also raising money to donate to her cause.

    The retired filing clerk had her hair cut off at a local college on Wednesday, January, 12 supported by her friends and family.

    "It just felt like the right decision when I realised I wouldn't be able to get my hair cut for months on end," she said.

    "Even when lockdown was lifted, I still couldn't go to the hairdressers because I wear a visor not a mask due to problems with my health.

    "The fact I'm able to donate in the first place is special as they are very particular about which hair they use to make the wigs

    "Because I've never dyed it I qualify to donate, and the thought of a child getting some comfort and relief wearing a wig which I've contributed to is wonderful.

    "The cause is one I hold so close to my heart because of my own personal experience, and I just hope I can make someone's life a little easier at this difficult time."

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