‘My hair doesn’t define me’ says Northamptonshire alopecia sufferer, aged 9

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A nine-year-old from Northamptonshire who has alopecia decided to battle back and shave her hair all off.

Erin Walker’s hair has been falling out since November 2013 and she decided to do something positive, raising money for charity at the same time.

Her mum, Hannah, said: “She decided to take back control of her hair and shave it off while raising money for Alopecia UK.

“Not only that but she has been writing a blog about her alopecia journey and in turn helping other children with alopecia who read the blog and also write Erin letters.

“Knowing you’re not the only one with the condition is such a confidence boost for the children.

“In a society where looks and appearance seem to be such a priority, even at the age of nine, Erin has embraced who she is without her hair.

“She has confidently decided that her hair doesn’t define who she is as a person and obliterated gender stereotypes with her new found hairdo.”

In just 48 hours Erin has smashed her target of £100, amassing £700 for Alopecia UK, which is a small charity with ambassadors such as Olympic champion cyclist Joanna Rowsell. The fund now stands at £820.

Writing on her blog: “Because so much of my hair has fallen out now I wanted to shave it.

“After a day chilling, also I shaved my Dad’s head!

“First we shaved it into a mohican for a laugh, we all thought he actually looked pretty cool! He felt soft like puppies ears!”

Erin’s blog is here.

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