Hair raising charity effort from Salma, 12

Salma Mohammed has raised �6,500 for charity by having her hair cut off
Salma Mohammed has raised �6,500 for charity by having her hair cut off

A 12-year-old girl has raised £6,500 by shaving her luscious locks off for children with cancer.

Salma Mohammed, from Broadfield, underwent the scary snip in order to donate her hair and sponsor money to The Little Princess Trust.

The charity provides wigs to children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.

After growing her long locks for more than a year, Salma was nervous about losing it.

She said: “Lots of friends and family came with me to watch. I was really scared because it seems really scary to lose all your hair but I’ve got it done now and it seems like nothing’s changed about me.

“I thought it would look really bad. It doesn’t look great but I think it could look worse!”

Salma’s mother was diagnosed with cancer in December 2012, adding to the young fund raiser’s determination.

She said: “It’s unbelievable how much I respect the people suffering or who have lost their battle with cancer, they’re so brave.

“Mum was told she had a tumour. They said if they take the tumour out she will be fine. That made me want to do it ten times more.”

Salma was prepared for the freezing weather when she was given the drastic hair-do on March 28.

She said: “I had my beanie hat in the car when I got it cut. By the time I got home I had a headache because it was cold.

“It’s been really worth it because my target was about £200 and I’ve made loads.”

Wendy Tarplee-Morris, case manager and trustee of the Little Princess Trust, said Salma had nearly raised enough to make 20 wigs.

She said: “We are thrilled that she has chosen to support us and not only give her precious hair, but also to raise such a huge amount of money.

“Her hair will be sent off to one of our wig suppliers to be made into a wig, and the money raised will go towards purchasing wigs for the children.

“Each wig costs on average £350, so she has raised enough to buy almost 20 wigs which is absolutely amazing! On behalf of everyone at the Little Princess Trust I would like to thank her for this fantastic support.”

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/Salma-Mohammed1