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Eight-year-old girl cuts long hair to raise money for children’s hospital charity

Before and after, Katherine Jones

An eight-year-old girl from Cardiff has cut her long hair and raised £880 for the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity.

Katherine, who goes to Gabalfa Primary School, has wanted to raise money for the Noah’s Ark Charity since her younger sister, Megan, was admitted to the children’s hospital for Wales last January.

Pictured: Harriet, Katherine and Megan Jones

Their mum, Bethan says: “At the time the doctors weren’t completely sure if Meg had a viral or bacterial infection. However, looking back at pictures and remembering her symptoms, I’m fairly certain she had Kawasaki disease as she had an awful rash over her body, swelling in her face and joints and red eyes that lasted for weeks. The staff were fantastic, so comforting and reassuring at such a scary time. We really are so fortunate to have such a wonderful children’s hospital right on our doorstep, where they do the most amazing work, especially in very difficult circumstances. Meg is so proud of her sister and keeps telling her how “cool and fancy” her new hair looks!”

The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity supports the only children’s hospital in Wales, helping to ensure world class care and the best outcome and experience possible for the young patients who receive treatment there.  Right now, the charity is doing all it can to support children, parents, and staff at Noah’s Ark to deal with the fallout from the current crisis.  As a relatively small charity, it can respond quickly and is helping staff at the hospital in any way possible.  Currently, the charity is supplying food for parents in isolation and iPads so that young patients can stay in touch with their families under the temporary one parent only policy.

Kath Fisher, community fundraising manager for the Noah’s Ark Charity, says “The support of amazing children like Katherine are vital to us– not only so that we are able to respond to the needs of children and families right now, but to ensure that we are still able to be here when all this is over. The current crisis will eventually pass but the needs of some of the most unwell children in Wales will always be there. We’d like to say a huge thank you to Katherine for her help and dedication.”