8 year-old Sylvie recently had her hair cut raising over £600 for Jewish Care and donating her hair to Zachrim Manayim, a charity in Israel, which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer.
Sylvie, a pupil at North London Jewish Day School, says, “I have been growing my hair for years and when it was finally long enough to donate to charity I wanted to help children in Israel with cancer by using my hair to make a wig for a child who has lost their own.
She continues, “I loved my long hair but this was an opportunity for me to raise money for people who also really need it. My Grandma, Wendy, works for Jewish Care so I know it’s a great charity and I want to help older people to enjoy the rest of their lives.”
Sylvie’s grandma, Wendy Stolerman, who is part of Jewish Care’s Family Carers Team says, she is “very proud of Sylvie.” The Family Carers Team offer emotional and practical support for people who are caring for a relative or friend and also support people whose relative is moving into residential care.
One of three children, Sylvie has a young brother Nate, 5, and sister, Chloe, 3. Sylvie’s Mum, Sarah, who ran the marathon for Jewish Care in 2018, and Dad, Ben, said, “We are so proud of Sylvie for choosing to not only cut her hair for charity but for also wanting to use the opportunity to raise money for Jewish Care. Sylvie is lucky enough to have two great grandmas and she wanted to help older people to enjoy their lives too!”
Jewish Care’s Director of Fundraising & Community Engagement, Adam Overlander-Kaye, said, “I’d like to say a big thank you to Sylvie. It’s so inspiring to see young people like Sylvie getting involved and enabling Jewish Care to help older people in our community enjoy life more and also helping children living with cancer to feel better.
“It is clear that generosity and kindness are important values that run across the generations of the Myers family and we are very lucky to have families like theirs in our community.”