Rapunzel, Rapunzel, chop off your hair! Schoolgirl cuts hair for first time EVER and donates 17in ponytail to cancer wig charity
Xantha Coote, nine, made decision after friend was diagnosed with cancerRaised 666 for children's hospice in PortsmouthNow growing it back…to cut it all off again!
17:05 GMT, 20 June 2012
A nine-year-old schoolgirl who has never so much as trimmed her hair has chopped off all her locks and donated the resulting 17inch ponytail to a cancer wig charity.
Xanthe Coote, from Portsmouth, Hants, decided she wanted to
help young cancer victims who have lost their hair to chemotherapy, after
a family friend was diagnosed with the deadly disease.
The real-life Rapunzel also raised a staggering 666 for Portsmouth-based children’s hospice Naomi House – an especially impressive amount since her initial target was just 50.
Before: Xanthe shows off her super-long locks before preparing to have her hair cut for the first time in her life
After: Xanthe plays with her short and sweet new crop, having cut off her ponytail to donate her tresses to a children's cancer wig charity
Xanthe said: 'It feels a bit weird because my head feels a lot lighter and it is easier to brush and wash my hair.
'I decided I wanted to donate my hair because one of my friends got cancer and had all her hair taken off.
'She explained to me what it felt like, and I decided to help all the other children who might be going through the same thing.'
mum Anjella Corr, 40, said: 'Xanthe has grown her hair all her life -
she has never had it cut. I guess like most little girls she liked to
have long hair.
'But then one
day she came home and said she wanted to have it all cut off because her
friend had a haircut. She also decided she wanted to give her hair
'She knows a family
friend, whose daughter had cancer and needed a wig. Even though they do
not know each other too well she wanted to help other people like her.
is the youngest of four and she has always been very altruistic. It is
in her nature to be so giving and I am immensely proud of her.'
Xanthe's new goal is to regrow her hair and cut it all off once more to help those in need.
Hair today, gone tomorrow: Xanthe now plans to regrow her newly cropped locks in order to donate them all over again
Monica Glass, spokesperson for Little Princess Trust, who make the wigs, said: 'The Little Princess Trust is very grateful to Xanthe for her kind hair donation.
'Support such as this helps us to continue to provide real-hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland, that have sadly lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
'It is always particularly poignant when one child decides to help another and for this we sincerely thank Xanthe.
'We would also like to extend our thanks to her family.'