A pupil from Casterton, Sedbergh Prep School, Scarlett Holden 11, cut 10 inches off her hair on Thursday, donating her locks and over £1,000 in donations to The Little Princess Trust.
Scarlett, from Stainton nr Kendal, says: “Since I was a tiny little girl I always hated having my hair cut. I was allowed to grow it long because going to the hairdressers was too stressful. I am now 11 years old and my hair had reached my bottom. This week I had it cut to my shoulders. I looked at where I could donate my hair to and found The Little Princess Trust. This charity supplies real hair wigs to children free of charge. The children may have lost their hair through cancer or another illness. I think how lucky I am to have such beautiful hair and good health and I would like to put my hair cut to good use.” The wigs cost £350 each to be made and so my hair will be plaited and sent off in a bag to the charity. By raising money I am hoping that a child somewhere will be able to receive a beautiful wig very soon.”
Headmaster Scott Carnochan said: “Scarlett has really impressed and inspired staff and pupils with this spontaneous act of generosity and it has been marvellous to see how determined she has been to also raise money to send with the donation of her hair. We know from Scarlett’s family that the generosity shown by her friends and the school community has provided great encouragement.”
Monica Garth, The Little Princess Trust, said: “What an inspirational little girl Scarlett is! Not only is she donating her beautiful hair but, thanks to her very generous supporters, she has raised enough for the charity to purchase a further three wigs for poorly children. Scarlett’s hair will be blended with other similar donations and will be made into a wig for a child. Therefore through this whole exercise she will have helped four sick children. What an amazing effort!”