GENEROUS Xanthe Coote had never had a haircut. So when she decided to have all 17in cut off she knew she wanted her hair to help others.
Having seen the effects of cancer, the Court Lane Junior School pupil donated it to a charity that makes wigs for children with the disease.
Nine-year-old Xanthe says she has been getting used to her new look and explains why she donated her locks.
She said: ‘It feels a bit weird because my head feels a lot lighter and it’s easier to brush and wash my hair.
‘I decided to donate my hair because one of my friends got cancer and had all her hair taken off.
‘She explained to me what it felt like, and I decided to help all the other children who might be going through the same thing.’
Her proud mother Anjella, 40, of Highbury Grove, Cosham, said: ‘Xanthe has grown her hair all her life – she has never had it cut.
‘I guess like most little girls she liked to have long hair.
‘But then one day she came home and said she wanted to have it all cut off because her friend had a haircut.
‘She also decided she wanted to give her hair away.
‘She knows a family friend, whose daughter had cancer and needed a wig.
‘And even though they don’t know each other too well she wanted to help other people like her.’
But Xanthe’s generosity didn’t stop there.
She also decided she would get sponsored and donate the money to children’s hospice Naomi House.
‘Xanthe thought if she was going to donate her hair, she should also raise funds for a local cause,’ added pharmacist Anjella.
‘And she had a target of £50, but is so far on £666.
‘She is the youngest of four and she’s always been very altruistic.
‘It’s in her nature to be so giving and I’m immensely proud of her.’
The hair has been donated to the Little Princess Trust.
Charity spokeswoman Monica Glass said: ‘The Little Princess Trust is very grateful to Xanthe for her kind hair donation.
‘Support such as this helps us to continue to provide real-hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland, that have sadly lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
‘It is always particularly poignant when one child decides to help another and for this we sincerely thank Xanthe. We would also like to extend our thanks to her family.’