TEACHER Emily McInnes has lost her locks to help a children’s cancer charity.
Emily, who teaches at Isambard Brunel School, North End, decided to have her long hair cut to just below her chin in aid of The Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.
One costs £350 to make and this was the target Emily set herself.
The 27-year-old, from Portchester, said: ‘I wanted to raise enough money to get at least one wig. My friends and family have been so generous and I managed to get £500 in just two days. Even though it has been done, I still would appreciate donations so another wig could be made.
‘I’ve always had long hair and thought if I ever got it cut I would donate it to charity.
‘But, I didn’t know there were charities out there that turned the hair into wigs. I had over 30cm cut off and it feels really strange to now have such short hair.
‘The children in my class keep saying how weird it is to see me without my long hair.
‘But I have sent off my ponytail and received a thank you certificate which makes me feel glad that I did it.’
The trim took place at Pretty Green Salon, Elm Grove, earlier in February and the location was an important decision for Emily.
She said: ‘I wanted to do it in my friend’s salon because she is always telling me how people have their hair cut off and it just goes to waste. They are making the choice to cut it so why not put it to good use?
‘I want to inspire people to do the same as me especially if they are having it cut anyway.’
The Little Princess Trust was set up in 2006. The charity works with specialists and experienced hairdressers to offer wigs tailored to the child’s needs.
It has expanded and is also supplying one wig for children with other illnesses like alopecia.
To make a donation to Emily visit justgiving.com/Emilyhaircut or to make a donation to the The Little Princess Trust visitlittleprincesses.org.uk