ZOË Barlow’s long flowing locks were the envy of all her school friends.
Despite having grown her hair for so many years, the 10-year-old Parish Church School pupil recently decided it was time for a change.
Sitting in the hairdressers chair was scary. But Zoë was calmed by the knowledge that her loss would be someone else’s gain.
She and her mum Sallie Clack had been trying to find a way of donating Zoë’s hair to a good cause.
And they came across the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides real hair wigs for children suffering hair loss due to cancer treatment.
“Zoë’s hair was getting very heavy when she tied it up and it was giving her a headache,” said mum Sallie.
“So she asked if she could get it cut and give it to someone who really needs it.”
“Most people’s hair just gets thrown away needlessly. And Zoë’s was so long it would have been such a waste.”
All the charity asks it that donated hair is at least 17cm long. Zoë was able to donate 28cm.
Zoë said: “I had never had a great deal of hair cut off before, so it felt weird having such a weight taken off.”
“When I felt the chop, my first thought was ‘what if it doesn’t suit me?’.”
But there was no going back... hairdresser Michelle from Stringers salon in Marshall’s Yard had the ponytail in her hand.
“To calm my nerves I thought of the child who will finally have a head of hair they are proud of,” said Zoë.
“I was calmed down because I knew how happy and delighted an unfortunate child would be to feel good about themselves.”
“I hope the child will love their new look, who ever they might be.”
Sallie said: “It’s good that we’ve been able to raise awareness of the need for hair donations.”
Zoë will soon receive a thank you certificate in return for her act of kindness.
To find out more about the Little Princess Trust, and how YOU could make a donation visit www.littleprincesses.org.uk