A YOUNGSTER shaved her head in memory of her grandad who died of cancer.
Amy Harris had her long locks cut off after Tony Clarke lost his battle with acute myeloid leukaemia in December 2011.
The 11-year-old is trying to raise as much money as she can for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research to help other people and to find a cure. So far she has raised £2,200.
Amy had her hair cut at David Antony Hairdressing and Beauty salon in Southsea.
She said: ‘After the death of my grandpa, I want to help as many people with the disease as I can, so other families don’t have to go through what we have.
‘I was pretty scared before meeting David at the salon but they were lovely and I quite like my new style.’
Mum Joanne, 38, from Stanley Avenue, Baffins, Portsmouth, said: ‘When she first mentioned it we were amazed that she had come up with the idea off her own back.
‘She said she wanted to help people after seeing her grandpa go through it.
‘We’re just so proud of her. Nobody was stopping her doing it. She never had any doubts.
‘Her grandpa would be absolutely amazed. He would be so proud of her to think she’s done all this just for him. He would be over the moon.’
Joanne added that staff at the hairdressers were really kind to Amy.
‘David and his team were supportive and looked after Amy very well,’ she said.
‘They were generous with their donations.
‘Amy was presented with a gift from David which was a box of Redken hair products. Many people have said how the new look suits her.
‘Amy has had a lot of support from family, friends, her school at Admiral Lord Nelson, Portsmouth Northsea Swimming Club and the Good Salon Guide.’
Amy has decided to donate her hair to Little Princess Trust. They provide real-hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
Amy will be keeping a diary of her experience about looking different and how to deal with it.
To make a donation please visit justgiving.com/Amy-harris11.