It was a hair-raising experience but it’s all for a good cause

AFTER THE CHOP Mum Amanda Chase from Portchester helps her daughter Aimee Chase, 11, hold the hair which she had cut off to raise money for charity.   Pictures: 'Ian Hargreaves  (113066-1)
AFTER THE CHOP Mum Amanda Chase from Portchester helps her daughter Aimee Chase, 11, hold the hair which she had cut off to raise money for charity. Pictures: 'Ian Hargreaves (113066-1)
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YOUNG Amiee Chase will go to incredible lengths to raise money for good causes – in fact she’s given more than 2ft.

The 11-year-old, from Cranleigh Road in Portchester, had her flowing locks of hair chopped from a staggering 3ft 5in to just 1ft 3in in aid of cancer charities.

LONG LOCKS Aimee before she had her hair cut.   (113066-7)

LONG LOCKS Aimee before she had her hair cut. (113066-7)

It was her first ever major cut, and Aimee has now donated the hair to the Little Princess Trust – a charity that provides wigs and hairpieces to children who have lost their hair during treatment for the illness.

She said: ‘It feels really weird and so much lighter – it used to be very heavy but now I can’t even feel it at all.

‘Washing it was funny because it used to take forever, but now it’s really quick and then when I looked in the mirror it looked totally different.

‘I put it in a ponytail which was weird too because I used to wrap it round my neck but I can’t do that any more.

‘I love my new hairstyle and I’m so glad that my old hair has gone to someone who can use it because I didn’t want it to be wasted.’

Amiee was also sponsored for the event and raised an impressive £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

The figure was boosted by a fundraiser at her home organised by the family.

Aimee was inspired to host the event after two of her family’s friends suffered from the illness.

But the youngster also wanted a fresh look ahead of starting at Cams Hill School, Fareham, next week.

Her mum Amanda, 43, added: ‘She looks so different now, so much more grown up.

‘I have to admit I was a bit emotional when it was getting cut off – I had to look away, but now that it’s off it looks lovely. We’re all really proud of her and everyone is just amazed at how much she’s actually had cut off.’

The family held a raffle at the same time as the hair chop, with a host of prizes including a night in a London hotel, as well as a bake sale and barbecue.