Seven-year-old Matilda is turning heads with her new look after becoming a LifeShaver for CLIC Sargent, raising £1,540 so far for young cancer patients and their families.
Matilda, from Falfield, braved the scissors as part of CLIC Sargent’s Big Buzz campaign, which encourages people to cut their hair to support children and young people with cancer.
Matilda is donating a fantastic 18 inches of her long locks to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer treatment.
The sponsored hair cut was held at Tortworth Primary School, watched and encouraged by her fantastic class mates.
Matilda said: “I want to give as much of my hair as I can so that other poorly children can have fun with the hair and feel happy at a time when they must feel so scared and sad.
“I enjoy playing with my hair and putting pretty things in it, and would love it if someone else can do the same with my hair.
“After all it won't take very long for my hair to grow back but theirs might take a lot longer.”
Matilda’s mum Sarah said: “We are completely amazed by the money that she has raised and the support of family, friends and colleagues so far.
“She was really looking forward to cutting her hair and sharing the experience with her school.
“We are bursting with pride at her ability to put herself forward for such a kind and selfless act.”
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Caroline Marshall said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to Matilda for becoming a LifeShaver for CLIC Sargent.
“I think the finished result looks amazing!
“Every day 10 children and young people hear the devastating news they have cancer.
“Many will lose their hair during treatment and our Big Buzz campaign gives you the chance to show support for them by cutting your hair and raising money for CLIC Sargent.
“At the moment we can only help two out of three children and young people diagnosed with cancer.
“We want to reach as many as possible and with your support we can do this.”