A 12-year-old Sleaford schoolgirl is donating half her lengthy locks to a children’s cancer charity specialising in creating wigs for youngsters undergoing treatment.
Lucy Kinnersley, of North Parade, is having her lovely long hair cut short for the Little Princess Trust, which takes donations of hair for custom-made wigs for young cancer patients suffering hair loss.
Lucy is inviting her teachers at Kesteven and Sleaford High School to bid to wield the scissors during lunch break on June 8. She is being sponsored and friends are running a cake sale.
She said: “I was thinking of getting my hair cut shorter for a while and then saw it could be given to charity, which would be better than going in the bin. People like Jessie J have done it too.”
The plan is to lose about 12-13 inches of her hair - approximately half of it, as it reaches down to hip height. Lucy said: “I will enjoy having it short so I can curl it and do things with it. It is so heavy everything falls out and I get split ends.”
The charity was started by a family whose daughter was going through cancer treatment. Donated hair has to be a minimum of 7 inches long and in good condition.
She was fine at the thought of allowing a teacher loose on her hair, saying: “I am going to have to be really nice to them all but I’m confident they will do a good job.”
It takes up to 12 donations of hair for the Trust to produce a wig, created by a specialist company free-of-charge. She hopes to raise enough from sponsorship and cake sales to pay the £350 it costs for another wig for a child, while raising awareness of the charity.