A hair-raising experience!

13-year-old Sikh Simrit Bal, from Ferrybridge, is cutting her hair for the first time to raise money for the Prince's Trust.
13-year-old Sikh Simrit Bal, from Ferrybridge, is cutting her hair for the first time to raise money for the Prince's Trust.

IT was hair today, gone romorrow for big-hearted teenager Simrit Bal who cut off nearly two feet of her hair to help a children’s cancer charity.

The 13-year-old St Wilfrid’s High School pupil has donated 20 inches of her locks from her first-ever haircut to a charity which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer treatment.

Simrit, who had never cut her hair because of her family’s Sikh beliefs – had the chop in front of her fellow pupils at the Featherstone school on Wednesday.

The Ferrybridge youngster donated her hair and more than £200 to the Little Princess Trust which supplies custom made wigs to children with cancer, for the duration of their chemotherapy treatment.

Simrit, of Pontefract Road, said: “I was really nervous about what it was going to look like afterwards because it’s such a big change.

“I decided to do it after talking to my mum’s cousin who has donated her hair twice, and I think it’s really amazing because she had all of it cut off.”

The wig charity – which donated its 1,000th wig last Christmas – was founded by the parents of Hannah Tarplee from Herefordshire after she died from a form of kidney cancer in June 2005.

Monica Glass, the trust’s charity manager, said: “On behalf of all of the children that we help and all those associated with the Little Princess Trust, I would like to thank Simrit sincerely for all she is doing to support the charity.

“It costs the Trust on average £350 to supply a wig to a child that has lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

“By raising money and donating her hair, Simrit is helping the Trust twofold and we are all very grateful to her and to her kind and generous supporters.”

Simrit raised the cash through sponsorship and bucket collections at her family’s fish and chip shop, on Pontefract Road.

Mum Gindy said: “It is going to be a bit of a shock, but it is up to her and she cut it for the right reasons, and we are proud of her.”

To support Simrit, her family are running special offers at the family shop, Ferrybridge Fisheries on Friday December 7, and will donate £1 for every £10 spent by customers.