A HAIR-RAISING experience is set to give a children’s charity a giant boost thanks to the generosity of a Stafford youngster.
Eight-year-old Alannah Kay has had her waist length hair cut short and is donating it to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to illness or chemotherapy treatments.
And that’s not all - the Tillington Manor pupil, who lives in Holmcroft, has also raised over £500 in sponsorship to donate to the charity.
Alannah’s school organised a non-uniform day to raise funds, and friends at St Mary’s Church, Stafford, where she sings in the children’s choir, also got busy collecting money, while staff at the HC Group salon in Marston Road cut and styled her hair free of charge.
“I read about a girl who had given her hair to charity and I thought it was a nice thing to do,” said Alannah, who has a younger brother, Jacob, aged five.
Mum Louise Kay, aged 27, admitted to mixed feelings about Alannah’s new look.
“She has never had her hair cut before, only the occasional trim,” Mrs Kay said. “Her new haircut looks lovely, but I will miss her long hair
“It was all her own idea and we are all very proud of her.”
Mrs Kay, who also has long hair is now considering growing it even longer so she can follow in her daughter’s footsteps and donate her hair to the charity.
Meanwhile HC Group senior stylist Gareth Collett said: "This is the first charity haircut of its kind that we have done here and I think it's an amazing thing to do."