AN inspiring young girl from Lechlade has had her long hair chopped off to help children with cancer.
Five-year-old Josie-Anne decided she wanted to cut off her locks and donate them to the Little Princess Trust. She also wanted people to sponsor her hair cut, so she could raise cash for the charity too.
The non-profit organisation uses real hair donated by generous youngsters to create wigs to help restore the confidence of children fighting cancer.
Josie-Anne, who has always grown her hair long, said she believes that “every girl and boy should be able to have beautiful hair”.
Libby Waite, Josie’s mum, said that her daughter decided to get involved after seeing a video of a girl who gave her hair to the charity.
“Myself and Josie-Anne were watching videos on how to style long hair, as she’s always been known for having such long beautiful hair, when we came across a video of a teenage girl cutting and donating her hair to the Little Princess Trust,” said Libby.
“To be honest, I didn’t think she really understood what I was saying when I explained to her what the video was about.
“But a couple months later she came home from school and said she wanted to cut her hair and donate it to the Little Princess Trust because ‘every little boy and girl should have beautiful long hair to make them happy, even when they feel poorly’.
“I gave her a month or so to make sure she was completely sure, but she wouldn’t stop talking about it, so we decided that if that’s what she wanted to do then it was brilliant idea.”
And so, on November 10, Josie-Anne had the big chop at Inspirations hair salon in Fairford, by Cathy.
“She absolutely loves her new short hair, but also loves the idea that her hair can make a wig and make someone else very happy,” said Libby.
“She set out to raise £150, but hit over that in less than 24 hours. She has currently raised £500 for the Little Princess Trust.
“We are unbelievably proud of her, she’s only five and has done such an amazing thing.”
To sponsor Josie-Anne visit bit.ly/3OYvCV2