Gosport youngster says goodbye to long locks after charity haircut

Sylvia Kremer, 12, with with hairdresser Georgie Burton, and below with firefighter Dave Burton
Sylvia Kremer, 12, with with hairdresser Georgie Burton, and below with firefighter Dave Burton
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Watching her long locks get the chop was a nervous experience for Sylvia Kremer.

But the 12-year-old was determined to see it done after deciding she wanted to donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust.

jpns-25-02-15-017 GOSP ED Sylvia Kremer pic 1''12-year-old Sylvia Kremer, from Gosport, cut her hair for it to be donated to the Little Princess Trust.''Caption: Sylvia Kremer, 12, with firefighter Dave Burton, who made the first cut. PPP-150224-144157001

jpns-25-02-15-017 GOSP ED Sylvia Kremer pic 1''12-year-old Sylvia Kremer, from Gosport, cut her hair for it to be donated to the Little Princess Trust.''Caption: Sylvia Kremer, 12, with firefighter Dave Burton, who made the first cut. PPP-150224-144157001

The charity uses real hair to make wigs for children suffering from cancer or alopecia.

Sylvia, from Gosport, decided before Christmas that it was time for a new look and she finally got the chop on Valentine’s Day.

She said: ‘I was excited to have it done because I wanted a different hairstyle.

‘My friends were a little shocked but they got used to it quickly because they knew why I decided to cut it.

‘I really love my new look. It is very different but I love it.

‘I did it for a good reason and I am glad I can help the charity because they do good work.’

As well as donating her hair, thanks to family and friends Sylvia has raised £91 which will be given to the charity to help make the wig.

Mum Karen said she was proud of her daughter.

‘When Sylvia decided to cut her hair, I was a little sad,’ she said.

‘But I’m proud of what she’s done.

‘She decided to cut it after a friend of ours did something similar.

‘It took a couple of months for her to fully make up her mind but she has chosen a great style.

‘We did it at the beginning of half-term so she had a full week to get used to it.

‘When she went back to school, a lot of her friends were interested in her new look.’

Sylvia had just over 15 inches cut off at Gosport hair salon Elle J Women and Men Hair and Beauty.

She has been a client there for many years and asked manager of the salon Georgie to cut her hair.

Georgie said: ‘It is not often you get to cut so much hair off. I think she was a little nervous but she was determined too.’