Inspirational Emillie visits her old school to tell hair story

Emillie Metcalf with hair she had cut off to raise money for a charity is shown with pupils at Eldon Grove Academy.
Emillie Metcalf with hair she had cut off to raise money for a charity is shown with pupils at Eldon Grove Academy.
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A CHARITABLE teenager who had her locks lopped off for charity went back to her roots and gave a speech to youngsters.

Generous Emillie Metcalf waved goodbye to her long locks when she had her hair cut for the very first time to help out cancer charities.

And the 16-year-old’s former school, Eldon Grove Primary, were so impressed with her actions that they invited her to an assembly to speak about chopping off her Rapunzel-like barnet and giving it to the Little Princess charity which provides real hair wigs to children suffering hair loss through cancer treatment or other illnesses.

Carole Bradley, head of school at Eldon Grove Primary School, in Eldon Grove, Hartlepool, said: “Emillie attended our school and obviously when we heard what she was doing in her secondary school we were keen to support her.

“We care passionately about how former pupils go on and develop, and as a school we contacted Dyke House and said we’d like to donate £100 for the cause. We said it would be lovely if Emillie could come into assembly to present her with a cheque and have a chat with the pupils about what she did and why she did it.”

Mrs Bradley added: “Emillie has obviously developed into a well-rounded, good citizen and she is supporting a very worthy cause.

“Her coming to speak to the children of our school gets the message of empathy and understanding across and showing that she’s actually got a view about something and wants to do something about it.”

Emillie, 16, now a pupil at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, got an incredible 18 inches lopped off in front of her fellow students. Town hair stylist Anna Campbell did the deed in front of her friends and teachers in school assembly.

It was put in a bag and will soon be turned into a wig for young cancer and alopecia sufferers.