A LITTLE girl with a big heart is sacrificing her long, golden locks to help children battling cancer.
Sheffield schoolgirl Amelia Hodgkin will brave the hairdresser’s scissors to have 8-inches of her hair cut off for the Little Princess Trust, which provides real-hair wigs to children who have lost hair through cancer treatment.
The plucky nine-year-old shocked her family by announcing her intention after seeing a youngster who did a similar stunt on ITV’s This Morning.
Amelia, of Westfield, was keen to raise cash to help people with cancer after losing relatives to the illness.
Her grandmother, Patricia Eckhardt, passed away in 2007, followed a few years later by her grandfather, James Hodgkin, who also lost his battle with the disease.
Jodie Hodgkin, aged 23, Amelia’s sister, said: “Amelia has always had long, thick hair so it will be a real change for her.
“She’s definitely never had her hair cut as short as they’re going to do it, but she’s absolutely determined.
“I think she’s getting a little bit nervous now, but she also seems excited and really happy with her decision.
“I’m so proud of her. I’m telling everyone about it, I’m probably boring my friends, but I think she’s amazing.
“Everyone thinks she is fantastic – there are adults who are saying they couldn’t do what she’s doing.”
Amelia has been busy collecting sponsorship and fundraising ahead of the big day on Saturday, December 8.
The Emmanuel Junior School pupil will have her hair cut at the Short N Curlies salon, Mansfield Road, Intake, Sheffield, with Jodie, mum Dawn Hodgkin, her grandmother and aunt all there to show their support.
Her gesture has touched so many hearts she has already tripled her £100 fundraising target and is now aiming for £350 – the cost of providing one wig to a child.
Posters and collection boxes have been placed in the hair salon to rally support for the sponsored haircut.
Her school has also held a raffle to raise money for the Little Princess Trust.
Lindsey Sweeney, co-manager of Short N Curlies, said: “Amelia has been coming in the salon with her sister, mum and gran for years. She told us about what she wanted to do so we offered to help.
“I think it’s brilliant. Hair is a big thing for little girls, especially one with such long hair like Amelia. Whenever she comes in she only ever asks for a little trim.
“She seems quite excited and we’re looking forward to doing it.”
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