Fareham four-year-old has the chop for kid’s charity

Poppy Hamlyn from Fareham decided to have her hair cut for charity after seeing mum Emma lost hers in her fight against cancer 

Picture: Darren Ford
Poppy Hamlyn from Fareham decided to have her hair cut for charity after seeing mum Emma lost hers in her fight against cancer Picture: Darren Ford
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A CARING four-year-old has donated her hair to be made into a wig for young cancer patients while raising money for a charity close to her heart.

Poppy Hamlyn, from Fareham, decided to have her hair cut after seeing her mum lose her hair in her fight against cancer.

Poppy’s mum, Emma Hamlyn, was diagnosed with a rare cancer when Poppy was just 15 months old.

The haircut, which took place at Roxy-lou’s hair salon in Gosport, raised £1,041 for the Willow Foundation, as well as the hair going to the Little Princess Trust to be made into a wig for a cancer patient.

The Willow Foundation holds a special place in Poppy’s heart after they arranged a Butlins getaway for her family during her mum’s cancer.

Poppy said: ‘I want to make another girl look like a princess and send a poorly person on holiday.’

The four-year-old exceeded her mum’s expectations who said she would have been chuffed with just £50.

Poppy’s preschool, Woodentots, held a collection for her haircut which added to the huge support of her friends and family.

Strangers also gave generously on her JustGiving page thanks to the Willow Foundation sharing it on social media.

Poppy’s dad, Dave Hamlyn, is away with the Royal Navy on HMS Defender in the Gulf.

Emma said: ‘I’m so pleased she had the idea. It makes you wonder how much it’s affected her given she’s so kind.’

Poppy’s grandad Ian Coleman, 64, said: ‘I’m so proud of her. For a young ’un to be thinking of other people like that is amazing.’

To donate go to justgiving.com/fundraising/pops-hairchop