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Hair we go: Banbridge school students lose locks in boost for cancer sufferers

Poppy Henderson gets her hair cut for the Little Princess Trust and CLIC Sargent cancer care
Poppy Henderson gets her hair cut for the Little Princess Trust and CLIC Sargent cancer care
Kara Topping gets her hair cut for the Little Princess Trust and CLIC Sargent cancer care
Grace Wills gets her hair cut for the Little Princess Trust and CLIC Sargent cancer care

By Christopher Leebody

These Northern Ireland school pupils got their hair cut off in aid of a cancer charity.

The students at Banbridge Academy parted with their locks for the Little Princess Trust.

More than 140 pupils and staff at the grammar school volunteered to donate their hair to the charity, which provides real hair wigs to hundreds of children and young people across the UK.

Over the course of the morning, the girls braved the scissors, as ponytails were cut and locks of long hair collected for donation.

Eleven hairdressers around the Co Down town got involved.

The Little Princess Trust produces 130 to 150 wigs per month, for those aged up to 24 who have lost their own hair.

The Little Princess Trust explained that this could potentially be a record donation of hair from one event. A spokesman said: "We are always incredibly grateful to those who make such a personal donation to give their hair."

Amy Uprichard (22) is a former pupil of Banbridge Academy who suffered from cancer.

Now in remission, she was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia when she was 16.

She said yesterday's event "meant a lot" to her.

"Losing my hair was my first worry. It was the one thing that scared me. Getting a wig made you feel like yourself again," she said.

She said yesterday's event was "incredible", adding: It's a big thing for teenagers to do. It is so selfless and thoughtful."

The pupils have also been collecting sponsorship from friends and family in order to raise money for CLIC Sargent cancer care.

The pupils and staff raised a total of over £2,000 from the hair-cutting event.

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