Schoolgirl loses locks for charity

Nine-year-old Orla Taylor, who had her long hair cut for charity, pictured with (l to r) hair stylist Lisa Elston, mum Debbie, Jeanette Taylor, landlady of The Landsdown and Julie Reay.
Nine-year-old Orla Taylor, who had her long hair cut for charity, pictured with (l to r) hair stylist Lisa Elston, mum Debbie, Jeanette Taylor, landlady of The Landsdown and Julie Reay.
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A KIND-HEARTED schoolgirl has had her trailing tresses chopped to help city charities.

Orla Taylor, nine, had more than half of her flowing 22in hair cut off, after she was inspired to do her bit to help others.

The Barnes youngster was inspired by her cousin Lisa Scullion, who had been diagnosed with teenage cervical cancer.

Her brunette hair will now be donated to the Little Princess Trust, to make wigs for young people undergoing cancer treatment.

Her sponsorship money, totalling more than £300, is being given to the Peter David Lane Trust Fund, which was set up by Julie Reay in memory of her son.

Mum Debbie Taylor, 45, said: “We went to Ireland to see Lisa have her hair cut for charity and it really affected Orla. She said she wanted to make a difference.

“We were talking about maybe doing the Boxing Day Dip to help Julie’s charity and Orla said ‘why don’t I have my hair cut off’.

“She’s never really had her hair cut properly before, but she’s been fine about it. We’re really proud of her.”

Orla, who attends St Patrick’s Primary School in Ryhope, said: “I was happy to help the charities. My new haircut feels strange, but I’m getting used to it.”

Orla was cheered on by onlookers at The Lansdowne pub in Millfield, as she had her hair cut by Lisa Elston from Jekyll and Hyde hairdressers in High Barnes. Julie Reay said money raised by Orla will be donated to the trust fund’s four chosen charities of the year – RNLI, CRUK, Kian’s Gift and 4Louis.

“I’m so proud of her managing to raise so much,” said Julie, who set up her charity after her son, Peter, 13, died in a tragic rope swing accident.

She added: “It’s a really big thing for a young girl of her age to choose to do something like that for charity.”