A big gesture from little Brooke ...

Brooke Gunn after the chop
Brooke Gunn after the chop

A pupil at Southwood Primary had her long hair cut off in assembly last week to show her support for her cousin, who lost her hair during treatment for leukemia.

Brooke Gunn donated her hair and raised £704 for the Little Princess Trust, which provides wigs for children suffering from cancer.

Brooke Gunn

Brooke Gunn

Mum Charlene said the whole family was proud of seven-year-old Brooke’s decision to sacrifice her beloved long hair to help her cousin Maria Walton, who lives in Birmingham.

“I think it’s amazing what she has done,” she explained.

“It’s very brave of her as well, because she really loved her long hair.

“Having long hair is quite a big deal with all the girls in our family but Brooke was determined to do something that would really help the charity and let Maria know she wasn’t going through this on her own.

“Maria was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 13.

“She is still getting treatment now and her hair is starting to grow back – she is doing really well.

“When she heard what Brooke was doing, she was really touched and told her how grateful she was.

“We are all very proud of her.”

Staff and pupils gave a huge cheer at the school assembly when a local hairdresser carried out the ‘big chop’ on Brooke’s hair.

Headteacher Victoria Dolatowska said: “We are all very proud of Brooke for carrying out this generous act for others.

“We promote kindness and community spirit in our school values and Booke has both in abundance, she also looks great with her new shorter hair-do!”

By donating her hair to the Little Princess Trust, Brooke is following in the footsteps of singer Jessie J, who donated her famous black locks to the charity following her live TV head shave on Comic Relief.

The Little Princess Trust provides free wigs to children.

As a result of treatment for cancer, most children will suffer hair loss as a side effect. Some cope remarkably well but, for others, this can be very upsetting.

The cost to the charity to purchase one wig is, on average, £350.

The Trust works with specialist suppliers to offer wigs tailored to the individual’s needs to give the most realistic look and feel.

Further information and fundraising packs are available online at www.littleprincesses.org.uk.