Jenny for the chop

A trip to the hairdressers has to be up there on a girl’s list of favourite things to do.  To feel the self-indulgence of professional styling; a new and glamorous hair- do to show off our crowning glory. For local girl Jenny Walter however, there wasn’t going to be any fluffy flowing of locks or sleek, shaggy styling and it wasn’t going to be just any hairdresser.

Six years of hair growth, woven into 24 inches of proud plaits was about to get the chop and by none other than her own mum!

Jenny decided she was going to give up her crowning glory by donating her hair to The Little Princess Trust – a fantastic charity that creates real-hair wigs for children who have been through chemotherapy. The 17 year old decided that sacrificing her beloved hair would hopefully help others fill that glamorous void after going through so much cancer treatment and at the same time raise much needed funds for the George’s Trust – the Romsey-based charity set up by Jane O’Brien after the loss of her son which supports research and treatment of cancer in teenagers and young adults .

“I figured when other children suffer so much heartache, losing my hair isn’t too much of a sacrifice,” said Jenny.  

Jenny’s mum, Helen is a stylist at Strands hair salon in Romsey’s Tea Court and agreed to her daughter’s wishes and carried out the charity chop herself.  She fought back tears as she took the scissors to her brave girl’s tresses thinking about “all the years I’ve been brushing and styling her beautiful hair.”

However, she and the rest of Jenny’s family and all the colleagues at Strands were so proud of the young lady who will undoubtedly be having a positive impact on many lives.  

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