Gosport youngster loses her locks to make wigs for cancer victims

AFTER THE CHOP Maisey Cullen, eight, with her ponytail that was cut off
AFTER THE CHOP Maisey Cullen, eight, with her ponytail that was cut off
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SCHOOLGIRL Maisey Cullen has been itching to have her 15-inch ponytail cut off for months.

And when the eight-year-old had the idea of donating her hair to be made into wigs for children with cancer, her mum couldn’t say no.

22/12/2011 (SB)''Maisey Cullen (8) had her fifteen and a half inch ponytail cut off on Thursday 22nd December 2011 at Elle J Ltd in Gosport for the Little Princess Trust.''Pictured is: Maisey Cullen (8) with her long hair before she had it cut.''Picture: Sarah Standing (114471-8515)

22/12/2011 (SB)''Maisey Cullen (8) had her fifteen and a half inch ponytail cut off on Thursday 22nd December 2011 at Elle J Ltd in Gosport for the Little Princess Trust.''Pictured is: Maisey Cullen (8) with her long hair before she had it cut.''Picture: Sarah Standing (114471-8515)

Maisey, a Year Four pupil at Bedenham Primary School in Gosport, had her hair cut off on Thursday at Elle J’s hair salon in Privett Road, where staff agreed to do it for free.

She also raised £715 for charity through sponsors.

Maisey said: ‘It looks really nice now that my hair is short and I’m really happy.

‘I’m pleased because it’s doing a nice thing.

‘I have been wanting to have my hair cut for a very long time but my mum has been saying no.

‘So I’m really happy now because I’ve got my hair cut and I’m doing something nice.’

Maisey’s hair will be given to the Little Princess Trust.

The charity provides wigs for children suffering from hair loss as a result of cancer treatment.

Maisey’s mum, Nyna Coote, 29, of Nicholl Place, Gosport, said: ‘For the last year Maisey has been asking to have her hair cut and I have been saying no.

‘I have long hair and I remember when I got it cut off a couple of times I really regretted it so I didn’t want her to feel the same.

‘Then she was playing a game online and she came across the Little Princess Trust website.

‘She said if she could have her hair cut off she could donate it to this charity and another little girl could have hair like hers.

‘After your child says something like that you can’t really say no.’

Maisey decided to raise sponsorship money for her haircut for the Rowans Hospice.

She raised £715 and is still accepting donations.

If you would like to donate, visit justgiving.com/nyna-coote.