Three-year-old Plymouth girl cuts off her hair in memory of her dad
A THREE-year-old girl has carried out one of her daddy's dying wishes by donating her hair to charity.
Charlotte Ransom, from Stoke, lost her father Ellis last month to pancreatic cancer, aged just 38.
And just four days later, and one day after her third birthday, the toddler had the majority of her hair chopped off for the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides real hair wigs for children suffering hair loss.
Hairdressers at Dudes Modern Barbers gave their time for free to chop off around 10 inches of Charlotte's dark hair.
Thirty-two-year-old Rosanne, Charlotte's mum, said it was what her husband would have wanted.
She said: "Ellis always said to me that wild horses wouldn't keep him away from Charlie's birthday or her hair cut, but unfortunately he didn't make it. Ellis was a really generous man and he wanted Charlie to have the same sense of charity - he wanted her to know the importance of helping others who are less fortunate.
"The day he passed away he told me to go ahead with Charlie's hair cut and her birthday party regardless of what happened. It's what he wanted. He would be so proud of her."
Ellis, a sports and activities coordinator at Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the end of November following several months of stomach discomfort.
His family have said they have been left "heartbroken" following his death just weeks after receiving the diagnosis.
They now want to raise awareness of the condition and are urging those who may be suffering persistent symptoms of heart burn or indigestion to get checked out.
Rosanne said: "The day we were told Ellis had cancer was such a shock. We knew it would probably be something quite serious because he was in a lot of pain but we didn't think it would be something fatal.
"When he received the diagnosis we were told the cancer was in the late stages and it was inoperable. The cancer had also started to spread to his liver. We were told there was no chance of recovery and he was given between nine months and a year to live."
Rosanne said Ellis's first thoughts turned to leaving her and Charlotte and how his death would impact on the rest of the family.
"I told him to fight and to fight for us but I also told him that if his mind was fighting but his body wasn't coping there was no point living a life of pain," said Rosanne. "He told me he was afraid of dying - not for himself but because of the impact it would have on his loved ones."
Ellis died peacefully on Thursday January 24 at St Luke's Hospice surrounded by his family.
His father Geoff said Ellis was a fun-loving, generous and selfless man who had left a void in their lives.
"Ellis was very philosophical about his illness. He never moaned and never asked why him. He accepted life for what it was and what he had. We have all been left heartbroken," said Geoff.
"Raising awareness of pancreatic cancer is critical. I would urge anyone suffering with persistent symptoms of indigestion which are not made better by the usual treatments to ensure their doctors investigate further."
Friends of Ellis are now in the process of setting up a trust fund for Charlotte which will mature when she reaches 18.
Rosanne said: "He has left a massive hole in our lives but he told us that we must go on without him. He was a really good husband, a great daddy and completely loving. He was a good man with a big heart."
Rosanne is still collecting sponsorship money for Charlotte's hair cut which will all go to the Little Princess Trust. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/Rosanne-Ransom.
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