Girls get the chop for charity

BIG-HEARTED ... Kate Steel, left, and Kelsie Goldsmith, had their hair cut for charity. Below, how the girls looked before they had the trim.
BIG-HEARTED ... Kate Steel, left, and Kelsie Goldsmith, had their hair cut for charity. Below, how the girls looked before they had the trim.
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TWO big-hearted youngsters have taken the plunge and had their hair cut for charity.

Kelsie Goldsmith, eight, from Grangetown, and Kate Steel, nine, from Houghton, both had their 2ft locks cut off for The Little Princess Trust at the weekend.

Kelsie Goldsmith

Kelsie Goldsmith

The trust provides real-hair wigs, free of charge, to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

As well as donating their hair to be used in the wigs, both schoolgirls decided to raise money for the charity through sponsorship.

Kelsie, a pupil at Grangetown Primary School, has already raise more than £1,000, with more money coming in, and Kate’s total so far stands at more than £400.

Kate, a pupil at Burnside Primary School, went along to Trends Salon in Houghton’s Newbottle Street, where stylists cut her locks free of charge.

Kate Steel

Kate Steel

Mum, Mandy, 36, who works at Sunderland Royal Hospital, said: “She had been asking me for a while to have her hair cut, but I always said no.

“Then we were watching something on television with children who had lost her hair to cancer, and Kate asked if she could donate her hair to them. So we looked into it and found The Little Princess Trust.”

Mandy said Kate is loving her new, gorgeous, bobbed haircut, which makes her look a lot older and allows her to be more independent because she can wash it herself.

Kelsie went under the hairdresser’s scissors at Cutz hair salon in Grangetown, and mum, Lisa, a member of staff at Southmoor Academy, said she is very proud of the youngster’s achievements.

She said: “We already have £650 collected in and there is more to come. Halifax has also promised to donate £500. I think she has done really well to raise that amount, especially in a short time.”

Kelsie decided to go for the chop after seeing an advert with a little girl with no hair and decided she wanted to donate her hair.

Lisa said: “She loves her new hair cut and is really proud of it. She was delighted to go into school and show all her friends.”