For many people, the reopening of hairdressers has led to a long overdue hair cut, but for one St Michael’s pupil its meant achieving a big goal.

Amelie in Year 1, who challenged Rapunzel during lockdown, has donated 20cm of her hair to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes wigs for children suffering with hair loss due to cancer and other illnesses.

Commenting on Amelie’s donation, which took place on Saturday 8th May at the charity’s official hairdressers in Orpington, her mum, Anna, said: “Amelie watched a video about The Little Princess Trust and asked if she could donate her hair to them when she next had it cut. During lockdown it got very long and by the time salons reopened, it was long enough for her to donate 20cm.”

And her hair isn’t the only thing she’s donated to the amazing charity. Determined to make an even bigger difference, Amelie set out to raise £550 for the Little Princess Trust, and with a current total of £1250 has smashed her target two times already.

Anna said: “She wanted to raise £550, which is how much it costs to make, fit and style a real-hair wig for a young person. On the day of the hair cut she had raised £700 and she was over the moon. Family, friends, neighbours, even her football club (Chipstead), donated and sent lovely messages of encouragement. The amount is still growing.”

“I lost count of how many times we asked Amelie ‘Are you sure?’. She’s only six so it’s a big thing to do and I had visions of her changing her mind in the middle of the cut! But she was adamant she wanted to do it and was so pleased afterwards. Her dad and I are incredibly proud of her and what she has done. People have been extremely generous and we’re thrilled to be giving this large amount of money to such a fantastic charity.”

Mrs Leech, Head of Pre-Prep at St Michael’s, also celebrated Amelie’s efforts. She said: “We’re so proud of Amelie for raising so much money for the Little Princess Trust and donating her hair to boys and girls who need it. She has showed so much dedication to this project and even got a beautiful haircut along the way.”


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