Girl, 10, with ADHD and autism says 'Don’t let anyone stop you from achieving goals'

Lexie Warwick-Oliver,  pictured <i>(Image: PA)</i>
Lexie Warwick-Oliver, pictured (Image: PA)

A 10-year-old girl from Cleckheaton has cut off 13 inches of her hair to make a wig for a young person with cancer.

Lexie Warwick-Oliver had the chop on Saturday afternoon at Absolute Curls, a salon in Horsforth, who offered her a discount after finding out the reason behind her haircut.

Lexie, who has autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), told the PA news agency: “I’m feeling really proud of myself.

“I felt a bit nervous having it at first, but I really like my hair now and I’m really relieved it is over and done with.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Lexie Warwick-Oliver, pictured before and after her big chop
Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Lexie Warwick-Oliver, pictured before and after her big chop

Lexie Warwick-Oliver, pictured before and after her big chop (Image: PA)

Jess Warwick-Oliver, 35, who is Lexie’s mother and also her carer, said: “It’s very difficult for Lexie to let anybody touch her because of her autism, so we did struggle a bit today, but we got through it.”

The hair, which has been sectioned into roughly eight bunches, is to be posted to the Little Princess Trust.

The charity provides real hair wigs, free of charge to children and young people who have lost their hair to cancer or other conditions.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Lexie Warwick-Oliver, pictured after her big chop
Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Lexie Warwick-Oliver, pictured after her big chop

Lexie Warwick-Oliver, pictured after her big chop (Image: PA)

Lexie will receive a certificate from the charity to congratulate her for her efforts.

In 2021, the youngster cut off 16 inches of hair, which was also donated to the charity, as well as raising £500 to support the daughter of a family friend who had leukemia.

It took Lexie three years to grow out her hair again so that she had enough hair to cut to be turned into a wig.

Alongside the haircut, the 10-year-old has been trying to raise money for sensory items for those with additional needs at Howard Park Community School, Cleckheaton.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Lexie and her mum Jess
Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Lexie and her mum Jess

Lexie and her mum Jess (Image: PA)

The items include bubble lights, fidget spinners and space blankets - things she knows help neurodiverse people from her own experiences.

“They make me feel better, more regulated and calmer,” she said.

Lexie has raised close to £300 out of her £500 target, which she said she is “really happy” about.

“Hopefully we’ll raise more money to help more and more people at my school,” she said.

In a message to those who have autism or ADHD, Lexie said: “Don’t let anyone try to stop you from achieving your goals.

“Ignore them and keep going towards your goal.”

Ms Warwick-Oliver said she is “so proud” of her daughter for her “selfless” drive to help others.

She said: “It’s been emotional the last couple of days and one of my friends who had cancer and had a wig in the past and has a son at the same school as Lexie who also has additional needs wrote a lovely message on Facebook and tagged us when she found out what Lexie was doing.

"We are all so proud of Lexie.”

Lexie’s fundraising page can be found on the GoFundMe website by visiting www.gofundme.com/f/my-amazing-daughter-donating-her-hair-again