'Naomi is always thinking of others. We're so proud of her'
Naomi shed her long hair to be made into a wig for a cancer patient
A GIRL from Hanham has raised more than £1,000 for a charity close to her heart by having a haircut.
Naomi Spencer, 12, wanted to give back to Brain Tumour Support, a charity supporting patients, families, friends and carers, after her dad Paul was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
She shed 21 inches of her flowing locks and donated her the hair to The Little Princess Trust to be made into a wig for a child that has lost theirs through treatment for cancer.
Mum Tina told the Voice her husband became ill in 2015 and was told he had anxiety. He’d starting walking into objects like lampposts and began forgetting things, so went to the opticians, who referred him to the eye hospital. An MRI in May 2016 led to diagnosis of brain tumour. He also lost his job.
It was a hard time for Tina and the children, Naomi and younger brother Josiah. Paul started deteriorating and an operation in September 2016 They found a benign tumour wrapped around his pituitary gland, which was putting pressure on his optic nerve. Surgeons removed part of the tumour but complications meant Paul ended up in ICU with meningitis, which took his eyesight in his left eye and caused a dark spot in the right.
"Paul stayed in hospital for two months and then spent two months in a rehab unit where he re-learnt balance and coordination. In January 2017 he then started radiotherapy for six weeks and began slowly improving, but at Easter my Mum was also diagnosed with breast cancer.”
Tina added: “Brain Tumour Support has been a huge support to us as a family. We attend their monthly meetings, and we can also access therapy for the children too. Following the support we have received and after seeing her grandma lose her hair to chemo, in 2017 Naomi decided to grow her hair and donate it so a wig could be made.
“She has been such a star throughout everything and has coped so well. So far she has raised over £1100 which is amazing. She is always thinking of others and she’s got a good heart – we’re so proud of her. “
Naomi said: ““I feel very surprised at how much I have raised and feel very happy that the money can help other families going through the same thing. My family are proud of me and they love my new hair cut too!”
Paul is awaiting surgery on cysts in his brain that have affected his remaining sight, but Tina says he is in a much better place than he was.