Short cut pays off

Teen chops off her long hair to help out char­ity

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

A CAR­ING teen cut off her long pony­tail to give to a char­ity that makes wigs for chil­dren who have lost their own hair through ill­ness.

Rheanna Mcken­zie faced the scis­sors at the WWW.Comb sa­lon, in Vic­to­ria Road, Ruis­lip, in aid of the Lit­tle Princess Trust.

Af­ter ask­ing to look like Frankie Sand­ford, from girl band The Satur­days, the 16-year-old watched as her hair went from reach­ing nearly her midriff to barely cov­er­ing her ears.

But the Stockly Academy stu­dent said: “It’s only hair.”

She added: “I de­cided to have my hair cut short for char­ity af­ter my friend’s mum lost her battle with can­cer.

“It was very hard and I thought it must be much worse for a child to go through that.”

Rheanna, of Great Benty, West Dray­ton, had called the sa­lon to ask how much it would cost for a grad­u­ate to cut and style her hair.

But when staff found out why she wanted it done, they of­fered to do the work with­out charge.

Owner Lisa Mered­ith said: “I made sure that Rheanna was 100 per cent cer­tain that she wanted to go as short as Frankie from the Satur­days.

“Rheanna is beau­ti­ful young girl and the style re­ally suits her. Ob­vi­ously it will take a lit­tle get­ting used to and she can come back any time for ad­vice and help on how to wear her new style.”

Rheanna’s pony­tail will now be sent to the char­ity’s fac­tory in China, where it can take up to five hair dona­tions to make a sin­gle wig.

On top of her do­na­tion, Rheanna has so far raised £322 for the char­ity.

She said: “I re­ally like my new hair­style, the team did a great job.”

BE­FORE AND AF­TER: Rheanna Mcken­zie, 16, went from hav­ing hair down to her midriff to a short bob

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