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Wigs for Kids

Wigs For Kids was a seed initiative that was created over 20 months ago.  

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I decided I wanted to grow my hair and donate for kids with cancer. I do not know of many people that have not been affected by cancer, either within their immediate family, amongst friends or work colleagues.

Growing your hair is an easy task when you are able to do so, therefore why not do it for others in need. Working with kids every day, we strive to promote and build a culture and community built on respect and tolerance.  However, as humans we make poor decisions and at times people choose to criticise and say things about others because of their looks, race and culture, amongst others. Statistically it is often the people that do not fit the social norms that suffer the most.

Our appearance and image is very precious; it can determine how we are accepted into social groups, especially in a school setting. So place yourself in the shoes of a young girl or boy fighting cancer or fighting a disease that is causing their hair to fall out. The social exclusion these people face because of their illness is unacceptable and extremely heart-breaking, so if I / we can help to overcome this, why not!

we had eight girls from Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5, as well as a mother and her daughter from Year 1,  Ms Sawday from the teaching staff, all stepping up to change their image, and cut their hair was an incredibly humbling experience. It really highlights the fact that together as a community we can achieve more. The Christmas Giving Tree is another example of how our TBS Warsaw community has rallied together year-on-year to support and bring happiness to young and disadvantaged children across Poland.

Thank you for all the encouragement and for your support on our School-wide social media!



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Below are some statements from those who took part in the initiative.

On Wednesday 20th November I participated in donating my hair to the WigsForKids charity. On the ride to the hair salon everyone was quite nervous, but excited and happy to take part in such a powerful event. We all committed fully to the cause because we knew it was for a worthy reason and that our hair was much more important and helpful to the children than to us. During the experience it was very nerve-wracking for me, since it was quite unreal to see one’s own treasured hair being cut off. However, after the procedure, we were all very pleased with what we had achieved together and how we looked. In the end, all of us were very glad to be a part of this action.

Anna T.(Year 10)

The action made me realise how long I have been keeping something that isn’t of much value to me – i.e. my hair – but could be life-changing to someone else. It was inspiring, because it helped me find the best way to rid myself of a nuisance for some time, and simultaneously provide support to those in need of it. It is worthwhile to repeat, and would never have crossed my own mind.

This action was greatly praised, which surprised me, because, conversing amongst ourselves, I think we mostly agreed it was quite an effortless and insignificant change to us. Much less so than other volunteering actions. In my opinion, the biggest ordeal should be made about the impact it will have on the girls we helped, as well as the unconventional issue it addressed that should be more publicised.

Konstancja 11PO

I felt really nervous that day since I had kept my hair really long and cutting them short was a nerve-wracking experience, But I had been wanting to cut my hair short for a long time. I had decided not to cut them ever since I heard about the wig donation; I wanted to help the girls who are fighting against cancer get hope and faith in them and can confidently walk around areas without any fear of being judged or being unique and different. Once I actually heard the sound of the razor my heart started beating really quick, as soon as one strand was cut I started feeling happy since this would really be for a good cause and it would make one girl happy about herself. Now my head feels so much lighter and I feel really good about myself and happy about doing such a good deed.

Nishica 11CY


Paul Mitchell

Head of Year 10

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