Grieving South Shields sister's touching tribute after big brother loses health battle aged just 10

An inspiring little girl has cut off her hair to make wigs for youngsters with cancer in memory of her brother who tragically died aged just 10 following his own health battle.

By Sophie Brownson
Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 4:55 am

Nine-year-old Daisy Haynes has chopped 19 inches off her long locks in aid of the Little Princess Trust which makes wigs for sick children from donations of hair.

The South Shields youngster hasn’t had a haircut in years but decided she wanted to do something kind to help other children and booked to have her haircut at Stanhope Road salon, The Hairdresser On The Corner, on Friday, May 21.

But just days before the Sea View Primary School youngster suddenly lost her big brother, Charlie Haynes 10, who sadly passed away ‘peacefully’ in his sleep following years of battling problems with his heart and liver, on Sunday, May 16,

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Daisy Haynes with brother Charlie Haynes.

Mum Abi Haynes, 33, who was also his carer, said: “Charlie has had heart problems since he was born with a hole in his heart.

"He has been in and out of hospital over the years.

"He has had heart surgery and more complications led to liver issues as well.”

Abi and step-dad Paul Holmes, 32, who are also parents to Leo Holmes, three and Bodhi Holmes, one, said they don’t yet know what caused Charlie’s death.

Daisy Haynes has chopped 19 inches off her long locks in aid of the Little Princess Trust which makes wigs for sick children from donations of hair.

The courageous youngster had been so supportive of sister Daisy’s charity hair cut that she felt compelled to go ahead with it in his memory as planned.

So far her Just Giving page has raised £1,896 for the Little Princess Trust.

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Abi continued: “Charlie was so proud of her and couldn’t wait to see her getting it cut.

Daisy Haynes, eight, with brother Charlie Haynes, 10.

"Charlie had really long hair as well and we were laughing that we wouldn’t know which one is which – as it was down to his shoulders. He would say; ‘we are going to be twins!’

"The pair were really close.

"I am really proud of her. She has blown me and Paul away by thinking of other people and what she can do herself [to help].

"She is just bringing a little bit of happiness to other people.”

Daisy and Charlie Haynes with siblings Leo Holmes, three and Bodhi Holmes, one.

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