Exmouth schoolgirl raises nearly £1,000 by chopping ‘Rapunzel-style’ locks

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:32 08 March 2018

Hope's hair before its cut.

Hope's hair before its cut.

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An Exmouth schoolgirl has chopped her ‘Rapunzel-style’ locks and helped to raised almost £1,000 for the Little Princess Trust.

Hope after her cut with hairdresser Jemma from Indulgence, in the Parade. Hope after her cut with hairdresser Jemma from Indulgence, in the Parade.

Nine-year-old Hope Haylock decided to grow her hair out so she could look like her favourite fairytale princess. It was so long that it reached the bottom of her back and took over an hour-and-a-half to wash and dry.

Hope’s mum Rosina said their original target was £350 which would have covered the cost of making one wig for a child who had lost their hair through cancer or another illnesses.

Hope has managed to raise more than twice this, with the total amount raised standing at around £950.

Before the big chop which took place at Indulgence, in the Parade, on Saturday Hope had not had a proper hair cut since she was five years old.

Hope's hair before the hair cut. Hope's hair before the hair cut.

Speaking to the Journal, Rosina said: “It was amazing. We filled out the hairdressers.

“While we were in there the other customers, who were having their hair cut, all started donating too - they were so generous.

“When they cut the first plait off Hope was a little bit ‘ahh’ but when it was done she was really chuffed.

“She is so happy that she has managed to collect this phenomenal amount. She has been sent money from our friends and family from all across the country.”

Hope before her haircut. Hope before her haircut.

Rosina said the Little Princess Trust were really pleased when they watched the video of Hope having her hair cut.

Hope first decided to cut her hair for the charity when her mum told her about the amazing work it did for poorly children.

Rosina said: “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.

“I would like to thank everyone who has donated – everyone has 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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