A young Kirkcaldy girl has given up her long locks to stop children who have lost their hair from becoming ‘sad’.
After recently seeing the effect hair loss had on her grandmother, Amber Fleming (8) who is a pupil at Torbain Primary School told her parents that she wanted to donate her hair as she “doesn’t want boys and girls to be sad that they have no hair”.
Ashley Fleming, Amber’s mum, said: “We recently lost my mum to cancer and Amber saw how it affected her when she lost her hair and the difference it made when she got a wig.”
Amber approached her mum to ask if it would be ok to donate her hair to charity.
“I told her it was a lovely gesture and if that’s what she wanted to do, we would have a look into how we could do it,” said Ashley.
An internet search turned up the Little Princess Trust who make wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.
The hair salon Byron’s, who offered to do the cut for nothing, has particular significance for the family.
Ashley explained: “When my mum received her wig during her battle with cancer she had to travel through to Dunfermline to have the consultation, and her remaining hair cut quite short. When she became too unwell, Ronnie from Byron’s invited my mum to the salon so he could do it for her and refused to take anything for it.
“He made my mum feel so calm and relaxed so it seemed only fitting that Amber made her hair donation at a place where her Gran felt so comfortable.”
Combined with the hair donation, little Amber has also managed to raise £2024 to donate to the charity.
“As you can imagine, we are very proud of her and this unbelievably selfless decision she has made,” said Ashley.