Lydia chops off locks to help charities

AN eleven-year-old girl faced the chop to snip off 60cm of her hair in support of homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley and children’s charity The Little Princess Trust.  

Lydia, from Tameside, had been growing her hair long since birth and decided to have it cut by her sister in the Emmaus Mossley Secondhand Superstore.

She has already raised around £500 but donations are still welcome and she hopes to hit her £1,000 target to help the two charities.

Fundraiser Lydia having her hair cut at Emmaus Mossley

After braving the cut, Lydia said: “My hair feels very strange and a lot lighter than before. It feels good though and makes me proud that I’m helping people in need at the two charities.

“Thank you to everyone who has already donated to support my fundraiser.”

Gemma, Lydia’s mum, added: “I didn’t want Lydia to have her haircut as she was my little Rapunzel!

“Despite that, I am glad she’s done it for a good cause and she looks so grown up with her new hair.”

Watched and supported by her family, friends, Emmaus community members and supporters, Lydia had her hair cut from 90cm to 30cm long.

Fundraiser Lydia, sat centre, with family, friends and Emmaus Mossley community members

The 60cm of hair will be sent to The Little Princess Trust, which provides free real hair wigs to children and young people up to 24 years old who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.

The Little Princess Trust also funds childhood cancer research searching to find kinder and more effective treatments.

Emmaus Mossley holds a special place in the hearts of Lydia and her family as the charity’s Secondhand Superstore is their favourite place to visit and also where Lydia’s mum met her stepdad.

Emmaus Mossley supports people who have experienced homelessness by providing them with a home, companionship, tailored support and work opportunities. People are given the opportunity for a fresh start, gaining skills and work experience alongside training and personal development.

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