Matilda, 10, loses her locks for the Little Princess Trust

Matilda with family and friends after her charity hair cut
Matilda with family and friends after her charity hair cut

Going to a hairdressers for the first time can be a hair-raising experience for any youngster - but even more so for Gaddesby girl Matilda Parr.

Matilda decided to have her hair cut and wanted to donate at least 10 inches of her own locks to the Little Princess Trust as well as raising sponsorship for the charity - which provides real hair wigs to children who’ve lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

Matilda recently had her hair cut at the Diamond Hair Salon in Melton’s Bell Centre, two days before her 10th birthday. Family and friends were there to give her support and so far she’s managed to smash her £350 fundraising target by raising over £800 in sponsorship.

Her mum, Emma, said: “Matilda had quite an audience at the hairdressers for the big event. I think she felt the pressure and did have a few last minute nerves, understandable as she has never even been to a hairdressers before!

“However she’s really happy with her new hair style which she proudly showed off to her school friends straight after the haircut at a surprise party we had organised for her 10th birthday.

“As well as donating over 12 inches of her hair she has raised over £800 of sponsor money to donate to the Little Princess Trust. It’s an amazing achievement and we’re incredibly proud of her.

“Matilda would like to thank her family and friends for their support and especially everyone who has sponsored her and made donations to the Little Princess Trust.”

Matilda’s Just Giving page is still open for additional sponsor money if people still wish to make a donation.

Visit www.justgiving.com/MatildaP-LittlePrincess

l Following in Matilda’s footsteps is John Ferneley College Year 9 student Miriam Culy (13) who is appealing for sponsorship for her 12-inch hair cut in aid of the Little Princess Trust.

Miriam’s hair cut will take place at the Alex Hair Studio in Nottingham Street on Saturday (January 23) at 12.30pm.

To sponsor her visit her webpage www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/miriamculy1