YOUNG Ebony Miller bravely faced the hairdresser’s scissors to support two charities.
The Murton youngster decided to have her 2ft-long hair cut short to raise money in memory of Nathan James Healer, who died aged just two days old.
The nine-year-old was thrilled to discover that Phase Two beauty salon in the village donates long hair to The Little Princess Trust, so she went along to have a huge chunk cut off her thick, dark hair.
Sporting her newly bobbed hair, Ebony said: “I like it, it feels a lot lighter.”
Baby Nathan lost his fight for life in Sunderland Royal Hospital after it was discovered his blood glucose levels were fatally low.
Now, his heartbroken mum, Traceyanne Healer, along with family and friends, is raising money for Diabetes UK in the tot’s memory and also hopes to improve knowledge of the condition.
Amy Miller, Traceyanne’s friend and godmother to Nathan, who was Christened in hospital before he died, was stunned when her daughter, Ebony, came up with the idea of cutting her waist- length hair.
She said: “Her hair really needed a trim, but when I suggested it, she said she wanted to have it all cut off to raise money for the charity.
“I am really proud of her and her new hair looks lovely. She will be able to wash it herself now.”
Amy, who is also mum to Jackson, 11, and four-year-old Scarlett, said: “Ebony said to me the night before that she had been thinking about it and at the end of the day it was only hair and will grow back.”
Ebony, a pupil at The Ribbon School, set herself a target of raising £150, but hopes to beat that when all her sponsorship forms come back in.
Traceyanne, said: “I am so proud of her. I told her she didn’t have to cut all her hair off, but she was determined.”
The hair will now be sent off to The Little Princess Trust, a charity which makes real hair wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer treatment.
Tracy Fletcher, manager of Phase Two, said: “I thought it was really, really good of Ebony to do this, she is helping two charities.”
The stylist said Ebony was very brave as the hair came off.
Traceyanne, an IT technician from Murton, is struggling to come to terms with the death in February of her only son, whose glucose levels became so low, it caused a brain haemorrhage, and hopes by raising money and awareness it could stop other people losing loved ones.
•Anyone who would like to support the fund-raising can make a donation to Diabetes UK through www.justgiving.com/NathanJamesDiabetesAwarenessFund/.