Four year old Sydney, who suffers from Alopecia, was inspired by a recent trip to Alton towers and has decided to auction off one of her paintings online and raise funds for Alopecia UK. 

 'Volcano' painting by 4 year old Sydney Caraher Alopecia UK Charity Auction

Sydney recently spent a day out at Alton Towers organised by the charity Alopecia UK, which seeks to provide information, support and advice for people suffering with a condition that is thought to affect more than 1.7% of the British population. They provide days out, online resources and personalised information to help people suffering from Alopecia and their families to make connections, access treatment and better understand their condition.

The charity is very committed to helping young people like Sydney with a dedicated and fun website, support groups and day trips to encourage children with alopecia to meet and give them an important confidence boost alongside a chance to make new friends. The charity also works with parents and teachers to help them support the children they care for.

Sydney suffers from Alopecia Areata which has caused her to lose most of the hair on her body over the course of three months. However as a bubbly, bright 4 year old, and with the support of Alopecia UK, she is determined to remain positive and do her part to help the charity’s vital work.

Her recent trip to Alton Towers with Alopecia UK inspired Sydney, who was already a budding artist, so much that she told her mum she wanted to sell one of her paintings to help the charity raise money to continue it’s good work. The masterpiece she chose, entitled Volcano, took Sydney more than eight hours work over several weeks to complete. The finished piece is a vibrant explosion of colour signed by the artist herself, which already has bidders competing on Ebay to take it home.

Sydney just shows you are never too young to make a difference and whilst the word inspiring gets thrown around a lot these days this little girl really is. I hope after the obvious success of this piece, she continues to use her artistic talents towards great causes in the future!


To see the artwork and the artist herself check out the Ebay listing here:

For more info about Alopecia UK have a look at their website:

And their great online resources for children and young people can be found right here:


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Sarah Campbell is a final year Language and Culture student at University College London. She has been working with NGOs for a number of years and is passionate about women’s rights, education, social justice and grassroots development. She currently works with Global Giving UK.

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