A ten-year old Anguston girl has been working hard to raise funds for cancer research since her sister was diagnosed with leukaemia two years ago, her most recent fundraising effort taking place when she cut off half of her golden hair.
Kirsty Wiseman, a P6 pupil at Culter Primary School, has been a real support to her older sister Sarah since Sarah was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia just before Christmas in 2012. Meeting both smiling girls, it’s almost impossible to realise the difficulties which the family have experienced since Sarah’s diagnosis and the start of her treatment - she herself has done some fundraising, her biggest effort being her sponsored cycle ride along the Deeside Way a couple of years ago at the head of 100 other youngsters.
But little sister Kirsty has been patiently working away in the background at a rather slower pace, not exactly like ‘watching paint dry’ but instead watching her own hair growing! Kirsty started growing it after Sarah’s diagnosis with the intention of eventually cuttinng it off (pictured) and donateing it to The Little Princess Trust, a charity which looks after the anxiety young girls understandably experience with losing their hair through chemotherapy, a trauma big sister Sarah had to cope with during months of treatment. Kirsty has to date also raised £732.17 for the CLIC Sargent charity for children with cancer, through donations and proceeds from the sales of the charity’s bands and enamel pins.
Kirsty and Sarah’s mother Isla said: “CLIC Sargent have provided the whole family with much needed support, both practical and emotional. They also fund specialist nurses who provide home and school chemotherapy and blood testing, which greatly reduces our number of visits to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.”