Two Solihull girls who agreed to have their locks chopped for charity have managed to raise £10,000 for cancer patients.
Daisy Gallagher aged 10 and seven-year-old Jasmine Burchell had their hair cut in aid of the Little Princess Trust, which will create wigs with the hair for children who have lost their own hair through chemotherapy treatment.
The youngsters learned about the charity at school and originally set themselves the task of raising £350 – the cost to the charity of each wig. But they have managed to smash this target by collecting more than £10,000.
They raised the money by holding a series of fundraising events including a fete and a charity fishing day, as well as asking companies to donate to their fund.
Housing developer Taylor Wimpey, who are building a new housing development at nearby Mulberry Gardens in Meriden, have also backed the cause by donating £500.
Daisy’s mum Lisa says: “One of Jasmine’s school friends had donated her hair to the charity and Daisy came home and told me she wanted to do it too.
“It’s for such a good cause and both girls fully appreciate how their donated hair is going to help other children. Daisy had lovely long hair and I burst out crying while the hairdresser was cutting it, but now Daisy wants to keep it short.
“Each wig costs £350, so we set about fundraising that amount, and it has just snowballed. We’re incredibly grateful everyone who has sponsored the girls, including Taylor Wimpey, and we’re absolutely delighted with the amount we’ve managed to raise.”
Daisy had 10 inches of hair cut off, while Jasmine donated seven inches. Hairdressers Tasha Hinks and Louise Fords both gave up their time for free to do the cuts.
Anne Wallace, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, added: “When we heard what Daisy and Jasmine wanted to do for the Little Princess Trust, we were very touched. It’s a lovely gesture from the girls and we are delighted to lend our support.
“They can be very proud of the money they’ve raised, as well as donating their hair to such as worthwhile cause.”