WHEN school starts back next week Gemma Tolliday, 8, will be sporting a new hair do for all her classmates to admire.
Inspired by an advert on television, Gemma decided to cut off her lengthy blonde locks to make wigs for cancer patients.
“I saw an ad on television where a little girl was cutting off her barbie’s hair and then gave it to her mum to send away,” Gemma said.
“I’m excited about today. I’ve had my hair cut before but never this much.”
Gemma’s mum, Melanie Tolliday, was bursting with pride at the donation her daughter was making.
“My initial reaction was ‘Oh my god that’s a lot of hair’ but I’m happy for her and she’ll be able to look back when she’s older and know she’s done a beautiful thing.”
The hair will be sent to Beautiful Lengths, a service which makes wigs for women with cancer.
Hanna Meade, owner of Cool Cuts for Kids said it was rare to see children come in with the desire to do something like this for charity.
“I’m sure she’s very nervous, but she’s doing it for a great cause.”