SCHOOLGIRL Sophie Evans proved a cut above the rest when she donated her hair for sick children.
The 11-year-old had her waist-length dark hair cut off so the tresses could be used to help make wigs for children who have lost their own hair through either cancer treatment or alopecia.
Sophie, a Year 7 pupil at Sunderland’s St Anthony’s Catholic Girls’ Academy, saw an advert for The White Salon in Fulwell, which is supporting The Little Princess Trust, a charity which raises money and collects hair to provide girls and boys, with wigs.
Mum Andrea Evans, 31, from Silksworth, said: “I saw an advert on the salon’s Facebook page and showed it to Sophie.
“We have friends who do a lot for charity and straight away Sophie said she wanted to donate her hair.
“It was a big thing for her because she has always had long hair, it was right down to her bum and people knew her for her hair.
“But, she really wanted to do it and said she can always grow her hair back, but these poorly children can’t.”
Sophie, who lives in Beaumont Street with her mum, dad Chris, 33 and seven-year-old sister, Leah, says she is happy with her new look.
Andrea said: “She loves her hair short now. It’s a lot easier to style.”
Debra Stokoe, who owns The White Salon in Sea Road, said she began supporting The Little Princess Trust earlier this year by offering a free restyle cut and blow dry to people who are willing to donate at least seven inches of hair.
The hair is bound in ponytails before being cut off above the elastic, then washed and dried, wrapped in cling film and sent away to the charity. It is then sent to specialist wig makers.
Debra said: “It was a lovely thing for a little girl to do to have all her hair cut off, because at 11-year-old their long hair means such a huge amount to them and she was very brave.”
Anyone interested in having the chop and donating their hair to the charity can contact The White Salon on 548 2211.