West Norfolk girls donate their hair to children's cancer charity
Two nine-year-old friends decided to donate their hair to a children's cancer charity after growing it long for two to three years.
Amelia Nicholls and Erin Taylor, who met through the Noise and Chance School of Dance, have donated their hair to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides wigs to children with cancer to restore their confidence and identity.
In addition to donating their hair, the girls have raised more than £800 for the charity through a fundraising page having initially set targets of £100 then £200 as additional support.
Amelia lives in West Winch and attends Holly Meadows School, while Erin lives in Snettisham and goes to Ingoldisthorpe Primary School.
Mariegold Nicholls, Amelia's mother, said: "We are super proud of them since they are only young and to think of other people's position. They are helping children who are poorly and for them to donate their hair off their own backs has astounded everyone.
"Both of the girls thought of it and thought it was a good cause and both immediately went through with the process. Myself and Erin's mum found out about it from being in the corridor for dance lessons."
The girls had their hair cut at the Eden Hair Design salon on Tower Street in Lynn.
Their hair had to be plaited so that it was suitable to be donated.
Erin's mother Ali Clark said: "They saw it advertised and thought they could do it too. It was a case of keeping it brushed as well as pretty intense washing over the two to three years it took to grow.
"She [Erin] has really enjoyed having it cut and likes the fact she looks a bit older."
Mrs Nicholls added: "I have to admit I initially thought it would fizzle out and she would get fed up with growing her hair but she has carried on with it and we are so proud of them, to think of other children when they are so little themselves."
The Little Princess Trust relies solely on the efforts of enthusiastic community fundraisers and receives no formal funding.
If you would like to donate to the cause, visit Amelia and Erin's Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mariegold-Nicholls