DECIDING to cut most of your hair off at any age is a big step – even more so when you are nine.
But for brave Abbie Weber the decision was an easy one, despite having a year she’d rather forget.
The Devonshire Road Primary School pupil went ahead with the big chop to raise money for Children in Need after her father died in January aged 29 and her Caunce Street home was ransacked.
Abbie, from Layton, raised £360 for the BBC charity after being set the challenge to chop off her shoulder length hair by her school.
She said: “I’m happy about doing this because it will achieve quite a lot.
“It looks really cool and trendy and all my friends are jealous because they want their hair cut too.
“I was quite nervous before having it done but it’s amazing.”
Abbie, who has two brothers, Jamie, 10 and Ryan, five, was heartbroken after the sudden death of her father and the break-in at her home 24 hours later.
Cash, jewellery, toys, electronics and bedding were all stolen, but Abbie insisted on going ahead with the charity stunt.
She added: “We do a lot of fund-raising at school and bring in food for people that need it more than we do.
“I only had to raise £20 for the project at school but to raise this much feels great.”
Abbie’s mum Hayley, 31, added: “I’m so proud of her.
“It’s amazing after the year she has had and I can’t believe she has done it.”
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