Heart-warming gesture from young cancer patient

Emma Turnbull and Ella Crann shaved their heads for charity.
Emma Turnbull and Ella Crann shaved their heads for charity.

A teenage girl battling a rare form of cancer has donated her hair to help other children suffering from the disease.

Ella Crann was diagnosed with stage four rhabdomyosarcoma last month, which has spread around her body.

The 16-year-old, a pupil at Bruntcliffe School, began intensive chemotherapy and quickly found she was loosing her hair.

Inspired to help others, Ella and her auntie Emma Turnbull shaved their heads at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) where Ella is undergoing treatment.

They donated the hair to the Little Princess Trust, which makes real hair wigs for young children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

Ella’s 12-year-old cousin, Rachael Varley, also cut her hair in support.

Mrs Turnbull said: “We are all really proud of Ella.

“When she started her treatment she noticed her hair had started to come out.

She was really keen to donate it to charity. Ella had already been given a wig from the Little Princess Trust and she wanted to donate her hair and help someone else.”

Through sponsorship from friends and family, Ella, from Birstall, has also raised more