Connie-May’s a cut above with kind gesture

Connie-May Gill, aged nine, who had a foot chopped off her hair to donate to children with cancer to make their wigs, at Retro Barbers, Blackpool
Connie-May Gill, aged nine, who had a foot chopped off her hair to donate to children with cancer to make their wigs, at Retro Barbers, Blackpool
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Little Connie-May Gill is only be nine, but she has a big heart.

When the Baines Endowed School pupil announced she was ready to have her lower-back length hair drastically chopped, it was on one condition.

The hair went to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides real hair wigs to children who have lost theirs due to treatment for cancer. And she managed to raise £330 in sponsorship and donations.

Connie-May had 12 inches cut off her long locks, by hairdresser Sophie Taylor, of LST Hair, who works at Retro Barbers on Central Drive, in Blackpool.

Her proud mum Emma Gill said: “I had been begging Connie-May for ages to get her hair cut, as it had been at least eight months and it was really long. But she kept refusing, she wouldn’t even have a trim.

“Then one day, she came in and said she would have her hair cut – if the hair could be given to children who needed wigs because they were poorly from cancer. I didn’t know about the charity until she told me to look it up online, which I did and thought it was a lovely idea.

“She is very brave, and said she would even have a skinhead cut if it helped other children. It was a big deal for her really, as her hair was so long.

“But I’m really proud of her and the fact she wanted to do this to help other children.

“We’re really grateful to Sean Ellis and everyone at Retro Barbers who helped and collected money for us, and the Premier Store, Mereside and Pop-in Convenience Store, on Newhouse Road, who collected money in tins for us. Everyone has been really supportive and generous.

“Sophie has done a lovely job of cutting Connie-May’s hair and Connie-May says she wants to grow her hair long again, so she can do the whole thing over again.

“We hope Connie-May’s story might inspire other youngsters to do something similar.”

Connie-May said she got the idea of donating her hair after seeing a character on the Netflix show Alexa and Katie have her hair chopped off for her friend who had cancer.

She said: “I just wanted to help other children. I was a bit nervous before I had it cut, but I know it will grow back.

“My new haircut is good, I like it, but I do miss my hair a bit. I feel proud though because I know my hair will help other children.”