LITTLE Summer McKenzie got a peculiar birthday present – her very first haircut.
Summer, a pupil at Hedworth Lane Primary School, celebrated her seventh birthday by having about nine inches of hair chopped off in front of her friends and family.
Summer, of East Boldon, who celebrates her seventh birthday on Wednesday, has been asking parents Jenna and Andrew for a haircut for some time but they were reluctant to cut off her long brown locks.
Her mother, Jenna, 27, who works in retail, said: “She’s been asking for a long time and I’ve always said ‘no’.
“But one day I was reading a magazine and there was a story about The Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes real-hair wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer, and she saw it.
“She asked if she could cut her hair off to give it to the charity and, of course, I couldn’t say ‘no’.”
She added: “I was really nervous about it, but I’m so proud of her for wanting to do it for that reason.
“I would never be brave enough to do it. She looks so much older with it all cut off. She’s the image of her big sister.”
Summer, who has an 11-year-old sister Chloe, was given her new shorter look by hairdresser Alex Stanford at her birthday party at The Grey Horse, in Mill Lane, Whitburn.
Her father, Andrew, 33, a restaurant manager, said: “She’s been really brave and it was something she wanted to do for the charity. I’m really proud of her.
“It’s a great cause and if Summer giving them her hair can help another child then it’s definitely worthwhile.”
Summer said: “I wasn’t scared to cut my hair off.
“I wanted to do it because the charity will be able to help make a little girl or boy who hasn’t got any hair happy if I give them my hair.”
Summer didn’t just want to give her hair to the charity, she also asked for sponsorship and set herself a fundraising target of £100, but she’s smashed through it, raising more than £500.
To sponsor Summer, go to www.justgiving.com/summerscharitychop