A YOUNG woman from Stroud who suffered with alopecia when she was younger will cut her hair for charity.

Kimberley Okey, 20, is raising money for the Little Princess Trust who provide real hair and wigs for girls and boys across the UK.

She has now outgrown her alopecia but still remembers the trouble it gave her during her childhood.

Kimberley said: “When I was younger I had a real hard time in school with alopecia. I lost some of my hair and struggled with it.

“I was scared in case I got bullied because I always had to wear a bandana on my head and you could see the patches where I lost some of my hair.

“I got through it in the end though and now I want to raise money for other people who went through what I did.”

Kimberley is currently working at Severn View primary School whilst doing a level two English course and a teaching assistant apprenticeship.

The school will host her fundraising event on Saturday, April 29 at 12pm until 2pm and there will be stalls including lucky dip, raffles, tombola, kids tattoos, face paint, guess the teddies name and guess how many sweets.

Her sister Sophie, 22, has been given the responsibility of cutting 7 inches off her long, dark hair but trusts her fully.

“My family have been very supportive and I am sure the event will go well,” she said.

Kimberley has already raised £165 but is aiming to hit a target of £300.

To donate follow the link here.

Kimberley would like to thank the companies who have donated prizes for the raffle, including Chicken Peri Peri, Hotcha, The Vic, The Carpenters Arms and Tesco.