Sydney Caraher lives in Upton, Wirral Sydney Caraher, an 11-year-old talented freestyle dancer from Upton, was just two years old when her hair started to fall out.
Following an emergency operation to remove a piece of pen stuck up her nose, the little girl started losing strands of her beautiful locks – and it wasn’t down to thinning out.
By the time she was three, Sydney had lost almost all of her eyelashes. Finally, after a routine operation to insert grommets into her ears aged four, Sydney lost most of her knee-length hair.
Sydney has Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune condition which causes isolated patches of hair loss. It affects around one in a thousand people across the UK. Around half of all cases start in childhood. Sydney Caraher before she suffered her hair loss The condition can leave many to feel stigmatised – but not Sydney. Thanks to her own strengths, Sydney is starting to feel comfortable in her own skin, and is taking on a 1 50km bike ride to raise funds for Alopecia UK – an organisation which has supported Sydney and her family through tough times.
Her route takes her from Upton, along the coastal path to the outskirts of Chester. This journey will be repeated until Sydney covers the distance. Her mission is simple; to ensure no other youngster feels the way she did.
She has already smashed her original target of £150, having raised £664 to date for Alopecia UK.
But the journey has not always been easy, as mum […]