A YOUNG GIRL recently donated 16 inches of her hair to charity by having it cut at a Rhyl salon.

Emmie Walsh, aged seven, decided to have her long locks cut and donated to The Little Princess Trust, who provide real hair wigs to children and young people with hair loss.

On August 5, she sat in the chair to have 16 inches of her hair cut off by Jemma at the Cutting Edge salon on Elwy Street and also managed to raise a cash sum of more than £1000 for the charity.

Emmie’s proud mum Lisa said: “This sponsored hair cut was a big decision for Emmie as she has very long hair which has only ever had a little trim but she decided she wanted to do this in order to help other children.

“The Little Princess Trust have informed us that 16 inches of hair donation is amazing and is the length they are most desperate for in order to make the long wigs which are so popular.

“Emmie also decided to raise sponsors for her hair cut for much needed donations for the charity and she has so far raised more than £1,000.

“For the charity to make just one wig, it costs £550. Emmie is very proud to have raised enough to fund the cost of two wigs already. The charity could also use the money raised to fund their vital research into childhood cancer and other conditions in future.”

A spokesperson for Cutting Edge added: “Today we had one of our youngest clients in to have 16 inches of her hair cut off.

“She’s only seven years old but decided she wanted to donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust. Not only that but she has raised over £1000 to also donate to the charity, which is absolutely amazing. She loves her new hair!”

The Little Princess Trust was established in 2006 and since then, it has been provided free real hair wigs to children and young people, up to 24 years old, who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.

It has a trusted network of salons, and wigs are fitted at an approved salon closest to you.

The Trust relies solely on the efforts of enthusiastic community fundraisers, as it receives no formal funding.

For further information on the charity, or to find out what you can do to help them, visit: www.littleprincesses.org.uk.