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How 9 young gymnasts are cutting off their lockdown locks for charity

Nine 'Spiral Princesses’ from Peterborough are donating their 'lockdown locks' for an incredible cause. 

On Sunday, April 18, nine young girls from the Spiral Gymnastic Club in Bretton, Peterborough will be saying goodbye to their long hair for the Little Princess Trust. 

The team hope to donate their hair to a child that might need it more, and have also set up a fundraiser page to raise money for the cause, which contributes towards the making of wigs and the research of children's cancer. 

The girls are aged between seven and 15.

Julie Berry is a proud parent and the organiser of the fundraiser, and says it’s inspiring to see the young ladies take such a great initiative. 

Speaking to Peterborough Matters, Julie said: “Our squad including Bethan (7), Sophie (8), Bela (8), Harriet (8), Roberta (8), Amelie (9) Phoebe (11), Lucy (15) and Tallulah (15) have volunteered for this on Sunday. 

“They are a bit nervous but also excited for it. 

“All the girls' hair grew really long in lockdown, so we wanted to do something. We thought let’s donate it to the Little Princess Trust, and also set up the fundraising for the cancer research. 

“So we thought it would be nice to do something together and celebrate end of lockdown. 

“The club came back on Monday after being closed for months. We did keep our members engaged online but it is not the same - it's good to be back now. 

“Some of the mums are hairdressers so they will be helping us with this fundraising haircut. 

"Their hair has grown to such lengths now that some of them will have to chop 12 inches. They are actually not shaving but cutting significant amounts which can help make good wigs for another child. 

“I am really proud that they have managed to raise so much money as well and wanting to do something so worthwhile.   

“And as a club as well we are very close, we call it ‘the Spiral family’ so it’s nice that they are able to do it together as a team and then we can share it the wider club. 

“We really appreciate any donations, no matter how big or small, to this very worthwhile charity and thank you for your support.” 

When a child loses their hair to cancer or another condition, Little Princess Trust makes real hair wigs to help restore their confidence and identity. The trust relies solely on the efforts of enthusiastic community fundraisers and receives no formal funding.  

So far, the Spiral Princesses have raised almost £1,700. You can join and support them here