Silloth RNLI family prove they are a cut above the rest

Lifeboats News Release

The usual Sunday morning exercise was made a little more exciting this week, when the RNLI crew got to witness a special charitable act.


Sophie after her hair was cut

Sophie Stalker, aged eight, granddaughter of Tom Stalker who has been a volunteer at Silloth RNLI for over 35 years, had a sponsored hair cut, in aid of the Little Princess Trust, which treats children with cancer.

The RNLI station was the chosen venue for the altruistic act, which was entirely Sophie’s idea and was not part of a collective effort.

Sophie’s hair had to be shortened by at least 17 cms, to enable the cut hair to be sent to the charity and made into a wig for the children who have had treatment for cancer, in the end a massive 30 cms was chopped off.

Sophie had never had her hair cut before, so this was quite an experience for her. Her hair was cut by Alison Wise and witnessed by most of the Silloth RNLI crew who were down for their normal Sunday morning exercise.

Sophie has raised over £400 for the Little Princess Trust, a magnificent amount.


Sophie's long locks before the chop

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