Girl chops locks to help charities

Ten year old Olivia Wells prepares to have her hair cut off for Cancer Connections, in memory of a family friend.
Ten year old Olivia Wells prepares to have her hair cut off for Cancer Connections, in memory of a family friend.

A kind-hearted schoolgirl is a cut above the rest when it comes to helping out charities.

Olivia Wells has had 18 inches of her long brown hair cut off by staff at Salon 5 in Westoe Crown Village, South Shields

Ten year old Olivia Wells has her hair cut off for Cancer Connections in memory of a family friend.

Ten year old Olivia Wells has her hair cut off for Cancer Connections in memory of a family friend.

The 10-year-old from Marine Approach, South Shields, was sponsored for more than £800 by family and friends for her efforts, and the cash will be donated to local charity Cancer Connections.

The Westoe Crown Primary pupil decided to embark on the fundraising mission in memory of family friend Vicky Hall, who Olivia classed as her aunt.

Miss Hall died last November, aged 34, after battling cancer.

Mum Rachael Wells, 38, said: “Olivia came up with the idea of having her hair cut a while ago now.

Ten year old Olivia Wells prepares to have her hair cut off by Salon 5 owner, Lisa Duncan in aid of Cancer Connections, in memory of a family friend.

Ten year old Olivia Wells prepares to have her hair cut off by Salon 5 owner, Lisa Duncan in aid of Cancer Connections, in memory of a family friend.

“When her aunty Vicky was poorly she offered her some of her hair then so she could make it into a wig. But it was explained to her that she’d have to cut her hair very short.

“She’s always had very long hair and was determined to go ahead with it.”

Olivia’s hair, which was plaited before it was trimmed, will now be sent to The Little Princess Trust.

The charity provides wigs and hairpieces for children who suffer hair loss due to cancer treatment.

Ten year old Olivia Wells  prepares to have her hair cut off for Cancer Connections, in memory of a family friend.

Ten year old Olivia Wells prepares to have her hair cut off for Cancer Connections, in memory of a family friend.

Mrs Wells, who is married to Gavin, 37, and also has another daughter Amelia, seven said: “Olivia was totally fine getting her hair cut. There wasn’t a dry eye from the rest of the family, though.

“She’s loving her new look and is very pleased with it. She pointed out that if she didn’t like it then it would just grow back anyway.

“We’re all so proud that she’s done this.”

Ten year old Olivia Wells prepares to have her hair cut off for Cancer Connections, in memory of a family friend.

Ten year old Olivia Wells prepares to have her hair cut off for Cancer Connections, in memory of a family friend.