Life’s looking up for brave Luton Burns survivor Shamiam Arif.
The Challney High student, who turns 13 this month, won three trophies at the end of the school year – including the coveted Headteacher’s Award – and she’s about to spend a fortnight in Scotland with John and Linda McGoldrick of her appeal committee.
But the cherry on the cake is the news that The Little Princess Trust has agreed to fund the new head piece recommended by her Great Ormond Street Hospital consultant, Justine O’Hara.
This will have a soft silicone base and incorporate a metal plate to protect her head, which was burned down to the lining of her brain during a devastating house fire when she was a baby.
Until now she’s worn a trendy purple helmet but she’s desperate to have ‘proper’ hair and hopefully her own long locks will be used to create something that looks natural.
The Little Princess Trust is a charity which funds real hair wigs and hair pieces for children with hair loss.
Since it was founded 10 years ago, it has helped more than 3,500 young people who have lost theirs – many as a result of difficult and sometimes tragic circumstances.
But Shamiam’s request was a definite first for the charity.
Spokeswoman Wendy Tarplee-Morris said: “We’re very keen to help in any way we can, even though Shamiam’s circumstances are particularly challenging.
“We’ve put her family in touch with an experienced wig maker, Liz at Raoul’s, who will make a bespoke hair piece from human hair to fit on to the metal plate for Shamiam’s head.
“The Little Princess Trust will also fully fund the cost of the hair piece. We really are very happy to be able to help such an inspiring, brave young girl.”
For more information about The Little Princess Trust, go to www.littleprincesses.org.uk
> If you’d like to help with the cost of Shamiam’s ongoing treatment, send a donation to United for the Needy (Shamiam Arif Appeal), 148-164 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 5JE.