A SCHOOLGIRL’S first haircut has raised around £2,000 and helped out two charities.
Carrie Smith (12) had 21 inches of hair cut from her head on Friday afternoon with the help of her 10-year-old sister Abby.
The Ladyloan Primary pupil organised the whole fund-raising initiative herself, and wanted to help the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as Abby suffers from the condition.
She also arranged for the hair that is cut to be collected and sent to the Little Princesses charity, which make real hair wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment.
And during afternoon assembly at Ladyloan on Friday afternoon, Carrie underwent her transformation in front of the whole school, with Abby doing the cutting assisted by hairdresser Stuart Falconer.
And after around two minutes of snipping, Carrie’s ponytail was finally cut off.
Mum and dad, Sheila and Dave, were delighted with their daughter’s efforts, especially as she organised the hair cut herself.
Dave explained: “It was all her idea. She has been wanting to do it for about two years but we kept putting her off.
“But she was really determined and wanted to do it.”
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is aiming to raise £6 million to carry out genetic research into the condition.
And Dave said he is happy they have been able to contribute.
He added: “The research is to look at the most common form of cystic fibrosis, which Abby suffers from.
“We are just doing our bit and hopefully one day the research will lead to a cure.”
Originally Carrie and her parents had aimed to raise £300 but smashed their target with the total standing at £2,000 with money still coming in.
The total was also boosted by several large donations, with £250 coming from BT, the basketball academy and Brooke’s Dream.
You can watch a video of Carrie getting the chop on our website: www.arbroathherald.co.uk