A BRAVE schoolgirl from Havant had her hair completely shaved so she could help other children who have no hair.
Nine-year-old Emily Misselbrook, from Riders Infant and Junior School, had her hair cut off in aid of Naomi House Hospice and the Little Princess Trust last week.
A family friend who is a hairdresser came into the school to shave Emily’s hair in front of some of her classmates.
Emily came up with the idea last year and then did some research on local charities that she could support.
Emily, who has brown hair, was understandably sad to see her locks shaved off but she was also thankful for the support she received from her classmates.
It took less than half an hour for the cut to take place.
Emily said: ‘I liked it but I did cry a few times.
‘It was sad to see my hair go. It feels quite weird now.
‘My classmates were very supportive, it was nice having them by my side.’
She has already exceeded her £1,000 target and has raised £1,500, and counting, for Naomi House Hospice and Little Princess Trust. The Trust provides real hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
Riders Infant School has supported Emily all the way, especially ICT leader Ian Addison, who organised the event and made sure the children understood the idea behind the charity gesture.
He said: ‘During the event the children were clapping and cheering. Some shouted encouragement as Emily started to get tearful.
‘After the event there has been nothing but positivity and praise from all children and staff.
‘Pupils have spoken to her at every chance and told her how amazing she is and donations have poured in since last week.
‘Year 6 pupils have also tried selling cakes and other treats to raise money for Emily and Naomi House.’
To find out more and to donate visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/emilyshaircut