Hartlepool schoolgirls get hair chop for children’s charity

Abi Herbert (left) and Jodie Richardson of The Little hair & Beauty Boutique, Greatham Village, cutting the hair of l=r Mia Levitt, Holy Gale, Lucy Burnett and Louise McCann durig the charity hair cut at Manor Academy, Hartlepool on Tuesday.

Abi Herbert (left) and Jodie Richardson of The Little hair & Beauty Boutique, Greatham Village, cutting the hair of l=r Mia Levitt, Holy Gale, Lucy Burnett and Louise McCann durig the charity hair cut at Manor Academy, Hartlepool on Tuesday.

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Four Hartlepool schoolgirls have helped young people going through the trauma of cancer when they faced the chop.

The friends who all attend Manor Academy, in Owton Manor Lane, had almost 4ft of their hair cut off in a fundraising drive.

Pictured after their charity hair cut at Manor Academy, Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool on Tuesday are l-r standing Lucy Burnett, Mia Levitt and Holly Gale and seated Louisa McCann

Pictured after their charity hair cut at Manor Academy, Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool on Tuesday are l-r standing Lucy Burnett, Mia Levitt and Holly Gale and seated Louisa McCann

They were cheered on by their classmates and staff when they said goodbye to their flowing locks.

The hair – 47 inches in total – along with about £1,300 that the school has raised, will now help to provide wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.

The Year 7 pupils; Louisa McCann, 12, Holly Gale, 12, Lucy Burnett, 12, and Mia Levitt, 11, agreed to have their long locks cut off for the Little Princess Trust.

Teacher Ailsa Wallis said: “I think they were so brave. They were excited yet nervous before having it done but were so excited to do something positive.

So little girls can feel OK being around people because they’ve got real hair

Mia Levitt

“A couple of the girls did it in memory of people in their family who were lost through cancer. They had to have a minimum of seven inches off each but collectively it came to 47 inches.”

The girls smashed their original target of raising £1,000 for the charity. The event raised about £1,300 from donations and sponsorship from friends and family.

It included a generous £250 donation from a mystery supporter after they read about the event in the Mail.

Ms Wallis added: “The school also had a bake off, pupils had a cake sale. Everyone clubbed together.”

Pictured after their charity hair cut at Manor Academy, Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool on Tuesday are l-r standing Lucy Burnett, Mia Levitt and Holly Gale and seated Louisa McCann

Pictured after their charity hair cut at Manor Academy, Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool on Tuesday are l-r standing Lucy Burnett, Mia Levitt and Holly Gale and seated Louisa McCann

Mia added: “We are doing it to make little girls confident, so they can feel OK being around people because they’ve got real hair.”

The deed was carried out free of charge by stylists from The Little Hair Boutique, in Greatham village, who cut and styled the girls’ hair.

Anyone can still donate by going to https://www.justgiving.com/manorsbigchop/?utm_id=13.

Pictured before their charity hair cut at Manor Academy, Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool on Tuesday are l-r standing Lucy Burnett, Mia Levitt and Holly Gale and seated Louisa McCann

Pictured before their charity hair cut at Manor Academy, Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool on Tuesday are l-r standing Lucy Burnett, Mia Levitt and Holly Gale and seated Louisa McCann