A brave Kirkcaldy girl is having her long locks chopped off to help make wigs for children who have suffered hair loss through cancer treatment.
Kara Wilson (12), who lives in the town’s Dunnikier Estate, will have all 22 inches of her hair cut off to raise money for the Little Princess Trust which relies on fundraising to be able to make wigs for youngsters.
As well as giving the charity the sponsorship money she raises, the Kirkcaldy High pupil is also donating her hair.
Her mum Sheona told The Press how her daughter got the idea to have her head shaved.
She said: “It started a good six or seven months ago when she said she wanted to do this.
“She had been following a young girl in America, Talia Joy, on You Tube who had cancer and had lost her hair.
“She died six months ago and she was beautiful. Kara came to me saying she wanted to donate her hair to charity.
‘‘I was terrified about her having all her hair shaved off because she is only in her first year at high school - I was worried about what might be said to her as kids can be cruel.’’
Kara made a booklet explaining why she wanted to do it - and won her mum over.
Sheona said: ‘‘She presented it to me like it was a school project.
“She really wanted to have her hair cut off for charity and told me about the Little Princess Trust.
‘‘She was so positive saying her hair would grow back, but these children might never grow their hair back.
“I spoke to my haidresser Caroline from Anderson French and she has kindly offered to donate her time on Saturday, March 15.”
Kara has raised almost £900 so far and has have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity.
Her mum continued: “We have been blown away by how generous people have been.
‘‘I set up a JustGiving page for Kara and this has been shared on Facebook and it’s just taken off from there. There are people who don’t even know her who have donated. Everyone has been so kind.”
Initially they wanted to raise enough money for one wig but she now hopes to net£1000.
“We have almost trebled what we originally hoped to collect.
‘‘It has been amazing.”
She said Kara is looking forward to trying new styles when her hair starts to grow back in.
Sheona added: “Her hair will grow back fairly quickly and Kara is looking forward to trying new styles.
‘‘She knows her own mind and is very positive about doing this - I’m so proud of her.”
People can donate by logging on to www.justgiving.com/Kara-Wilson1 or text KARA98 plus the amount you would like to donate to 70070 (eg KARA98 £5)