A Chester schoolgirl who donated her bone marrow in an attempt to save her sister’s life has raised hundreds of pounds by shaving her head for charity.
Eleven-year-old Maisy Versey made headlines in 2014 for her selfless gesture to elder sister Jessica during the 18-year-old’s battle with leukaemia - and doctors were thrilled when the rare stem cell transplant surgery proved a success.
But in a tragic twist of fate, Jessica contracted an unrelated chest and lung infection and died months later, on June 9 last year aged just 19 - leaving her family, of Hatton Road, Blacon, devastated.
Queen’s Park High School pupil Maisy has been doing everything she can since then to raise awareness of all children fighting cancer and this week took the brave step of cutting all her hair off and shaving her head for The Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides real-hair wigs for cancer-stricken children.
Maisy’s mum Jane told The Chronicle the day was ‘very emotional’ because the head shave had been something Jessica and Maisy had been planning to do together last year.
“They had been organising this between themselves about this time last year so seeing Maisy do this made it a very emotional day for us all.
“We’re not sure of the total amount Maisy has raised right now but it’s up to almost £480 on her Justgiving page. We’d also like to thank Hair Parade in Blacon for kindly giving us their time and space for the event. They generously gave Maisy a pamper day."