Gemma & her locks aid charity

Gemma's short back and sides!
Gemma's short back and sides!
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Bubbly Dysart teenager Gemma Gilbert has really been feeling the cold during the wintry weather this week.

For the S4 Viewforth High pupil has just had her long, golden locks cut off in a generous act of charity.

Gemma (15), of Stewart Street decided to have her hair chopped after watching a television documentary on children with cancer.

And, as well as raising a tremendous £250 for the CLIC Sargent cancer charity which provides information and support to children and young people and their families from diagnosis onwards, Gemma is also sending off her hair to the Little Princess Trust.

Wigs for kids

It provides real hair wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer treatment.

Gemma said: “I watched the programme and at the end, they said that not enough people were donating their hair to help cancer charities.

‘‘I went online and looked up the different cancer charities, and decided that I wanted to get my hair cut and raise money for CLIC Sargent because it helps children and young people.

“Then I read about the Little Princess charity which makes wigs for children from real hair. I thought I would like to send mine there.”

She raised £250 by asking friends and family as well as local businesses to sponsor her.

Hat style

Gemma had her hair cut by hairdresser Claire Robertson, a neighbour. last Friday- just as the cold weather struck!

She said: “I have been wearing a hat because it has been so cold.

‘‘Everyone at school thinks it is really nice and they say I really suit it. I’m glad I did it and managed to raise so much for children with cancer.”

Lynn Porter, rector at Viewforth, said: “We didn’t know about this until the Press called asking to take Gemma’s photograph. She organised it all off her own back.

“It is fantastic that she has done this and it is a very compassionate thing for her to think of others and decide to make this quite brave gesture to have all her hair cut off.”