Girl who gave hair to cancer victims goes viral

Charlotte Hoehle-Reynolds has raised money for art supplies for children in hospital, as well as donating her hair to the Little Princess Trust for children. Picture: PHIL WILKINSON
Charlotte Hoehle-Reynolds has raised money for art supplies for children in hospital, as well as donating her hair to the Little Princess Trust for children. Picture: PHIL WILKINSON
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SHE touched our hearts as Edinburgh’s Rapunzel – the selfless girl who donated her golden locks to cancer victims.

Now three-year-old Charlotte Hoehle-Reynolds has become an online star after news of her gracious gesture went viral and won over more than a million people across the globe.

The News’ story tellling how Charlotte cropped her long blonde hair to donate the tresses to the Little Princess Trust charity which makes wigs for cancer-hit children has been one of our most popular on Facebook.

It has been shared more than 30,000 times and attracted more than a million likes from people including well-wishers in the United States, Israel and the Philippines.

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Proud mum Gayle Hoehle, 27, said the public reaction has been “a bit crazy” as readers were moved by Charlotte’s desire to help a friend from her Oxgangs playgroup who is undergoing chemotherapy. Gayle, of Kingsknowe, said: “We didn’t even expect 100 likes, let alone more than a million. It’s been fantastic for the charity as people have been getting in touch asking about the Little Princess Trust who had never heard of it.”

The post about Charlotte’s big-hearted gesture has attracted more than 20,000 comments from readers across the globe.

Evelyn Sams Perkins, from West Virginia, posted on the social networking site: “So wise and giving for such a young age. There is hope for the younger generation after all.”

Doris Meir, from Israel, posted: “Well done Charlotte, your parents must be very proud of you. You are very sweet girl.”

And Charlie-Janie Hendricks, from Montana, added: “Learning to be absolutely beautiful inside and out. You are an inspiration young lady. Exceptional style and grace.”

Charlotte’s bravery has also made her a local celebrity and she has been recognised in shops and cafes.

Gayle said: “The fantastic thing was when the paper came out she was in Greggs with her dad and the lady behind the counter recognised her and gave her a free cake. She was so excited, she couldn’t wait to tell me about it. When anyone comments on her hair she tells them what she has done. We are all incredibly proud of her.”

The appeal has raised £545, which is being used to buy art supplies for Ward 2 at the Sick Kids Hospital, in Sciennes.

Maureen Harrison, chief executive at the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said: “Charlotte is one of our youngest supporters and the story of her good deed has captured the hearts of so many people. On top of the happiness that will bring, the funds Charlotte has raised will help us continue to provide the young oncology patients of Ward 2 with much-needed arts and crafts facilities.

“I hope her heart-warming story will encourage others to help us fundraise the £1.6 million needed every year to fund other extra services.”

• To support Charlotte’s appeal please visit www.gogetfunding.com/project/lottes-lockes-of-love

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