Sunderland girl’s charity hair chop

Nine-year-old Rebekah Hughes, from Tunstall, Sunderland, had her ponytail cut off for the Little Princess Trust.
Nine-year-old Rebekah Hughes, from Tunstall, Sunderland, had her ponytail cut off for the Little Princess Trust.
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KIND-HEARTED schoolgirl Rebekah Hughes grew her hair for two years so she could cut it off to help sick children.

The nine-year-old from Tunstall took on the follicle feat after reading in her church newsletter about another girl who had had her hair cut off to make wigs for cancer patients.

To make sure she had enough tresses to make a complete wig, the Barnes Junior School pupil stopped having her hair cut and asked for sponsorship.

Not only has she smashed her £350 fund-raising target – the amount needed to make a real hair wig – she has managed to donate 10 inches of hair to The Little Princess Trust.

Mum Helen Hughes, 34, said: “We attend the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and when she read about this other little girl in the newsletter, Rebekah was determined to do the same. I wasn’t surprised at all. When she sets her heart on something, there’s no stopping her.”

Helen, who is also mum to Adam, eight, Hannah, six, Elizabeth, four and Seth, two, added: “We are all very proud of her. She has managed to raise £550 so far.”

Rebekah had her long locks chopped at 24 Carat salon in Grangetown.

Salon owner Jodie Breeds said: “I think it’s great for a little girl to want to help charity in this way.”

•To sponsor Rebekah www.justgiving.com/Helen-Hughes20.