A Morpeth schoolgirl has lost her long locks to support a children’s cancer charity.
And after receiving hundreds of pounds in donations as a result of her huge haircut, Rhianna Brennan-Davies will also be giving money to a research organisation.
The Newminster Middle School and Technology College pupil donated about 10 inches of her tresses to Little Princess Trust, which provides real-hair wigs free of charge to youngsters in the UK and Ireland who lose their hair during cancer treatment.
As well as her family, friends, neighbours and teachers, members of the community and local businesses agreed to make a donation.
The haircut took place at John Gerard’s Morpeth salon in Manchester Street. Among those in attendance was proud mum Pauline Brennan.
Rhianna said: “It felt a bit weird to lose so much of my hair in one go, but it was quite exciting too.
“I’m so glad I agreed to do it because the Little Princess Trust is a great charity and I’m now helping another good cause.”
Her mum’s partner, Rob, is currently receiving chemotherapy treatment and this led to the 12-year-old to look into what she could do to help children with cancer.
As well as the haircut, Newminster agreed to arrange a non-uniform day and bake sale. This added more than £500 to the total.
Little Princess Trust works with specialist suppliers and experienced hairdressers, who provide wigs tailored to an individual child’s needs. It costs about £350 to make them.
Pauline said: “You hear all the time about parents, celebrities and sports stars being role models for children, but children can also inspire adults and this is an excellent example because so many people have been willing to make a donation.
“We agreed as a family that if Rhianna reached £350 in addition to the donation of her hair, the remaining funds would go to Cancer Research UK.
“The response has been amazing and once we have the money that still needs to be collected, there will be at least £1,500 for the research charity.
“Thanks to everyone who contributed, John Gerard for doing the haircut at no cost and the middle school for its support. Rob works in the engineering industry and we’re grateful to the local engineering companies that have made a donation.”
People can still donate online at www.justgiving.com/Pauline-Brennan1