Short by name – and now short by nature

CHARITY Tamsyn Short proves she's a cut above the rest
CHARITY Tamsyn Short proves she's a cut above the rest
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HER name may be Short, but she’s always had long, luscious hair – until now.

Tamsyn Short sacrificed her long hair to help children with cancer.

The 28-year-old mum-of-five had 15 inches of hair cut off by hairdresser Sassy Rook, at Debretts Hair Salon, in Frogmore Lane, Lovedean.

With her hair tied into a ponytail, just one snip was all that was needed.

Sassy did the cut and colour for free to help a good cause.

Tamsyn, who lives in Woodcroft Gardens, Lovedean, wanted to do something after hearing about the work of The Little Princess Trust two months ago.

The charity provides real-hair wigs, free of charge, to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

Wigs are tailored to the individual child’s needs to give the most realistic look and feel, as close as possible to their original hair.

Tamsyn, who admits she has always loved having long hair, said: ‘It’s just a way of me being able to help a child that is going through so much and give them a small bit of joy.

‘It’s like a tiny taste of what they are going through losing their hair.

‘I have heard of stories of children who are going to get these real-hair wigs and how much it helps them in the process.’ Each wig costs £350 to make, so Tamsyn has pledged to raise this amount.

She has so far raised £220 and hopes her new short hair will spur on the donations.

Tamsyn added: ‘It’s very short now. I have never had it this short.

‘People are very complimentary about it which is nice.

‘I keep looking in the mirror and thinking I look like somebody else.’

She added: ‘It was a lovely thing to do.

‘I just have to remember that some child somewhere is going to get a real-hair wig.

‘These children are going through so much and deserve to have real hair and not a plastic wig.

‘It’s definitely been worth it.’

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