Exmouth’s Hope sacrificing her ‘Rapunzel’ hair for charity

PUBLISHED: 18:00 20 February 2018

Hope Haylock, 9, is having her hair cut for the Princess Trust.

Hope Haylock, 9, is having her hair cut for the Princess Trust.

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An Exmouth schoolgirl will be sacrificing her ‘Rapunzel-style’ locks to help children who have lost their hair through cancer and other illnesses.

Nine-year-old Hope Haylock decided to grow her hair out so she could look like her favourite fairytale princess.

Hope’s hair has grown so long it reaches the bottom of her back -and her mum Rosina told the Journal how it takes an hour-and-a-half just to wash and dry it.

Hope has decided to chop off her locks in aid of the Little Princess Trust. She made the decision after her mum mentioned that her hair had become so long it could be made into a wig.

Rosina told her daughter about the charity, which makes wigs for children who have suffered hair loss as a result of cancer treatments or other illnesses, and Hope loved the idea of helping them.

The family also set themselves a £350 fundraising target to cover the cost of making the wig.

Hope, however, has gone above and beyond this goal -and has managed to raise more than £600.

The big chop will take place on Saturday at Indulgence, in the Parade.

Speaking to the Journal, Hope’s mum Rosina said: “She has only ever had one haircut - I think the last proper one she had was when she was five.

“She is going to get it cut to her shoulders, but she will still have plenty of inches to give to the charity.

“I am exceptionally proud, Hope is such a giving child. She is so loving and caring.

“I am probably biased, but she is a very sweet child who will do anything for anyone - she hates to see people upset.”

Rosina said there were some ups and downs about whether Hope wanted to go through with the chop, but in the end she decided she wanted to do something for the poorly children who were helped by the charity.

She added: “Our family and friends have just been so generous - it’s outstanding and gobsmacking really.”

If you would like to support Hope, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/alan-haylock to make a donation.

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