Teenager takes the chop in school assembly

A teenager from Alderley Edge had 41 centimetres of her hair cut off in front of over 300 students in an assembly that she presented at Wilmslow High School on Tuesday, 23rd February.

Olivia Willett, 16, had been growing her hair since February 2015, as she had made my mind up that she wanted to donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust, who provide real hair wigs for children suffering hair loss from cancer treatment, and wanted her hair to be long enough to make it a worthwhile donation.

Olivia told me "In the run up to having my hair cut I was extremely excited, I had been sworn to secrecy, by my student manager Mrs Williams who had been helping me plan the event, to ensure it had the intended impact and I couldn't wait to reveal to everyone my intentions.

"However, on the morning of the assembly I was not only nervous about doing my speech but the fact that for the first time I was going to have very short hair and that the day had actually arrived. I absolutely love my new hairstyle and to know that my hair will be made into a wig and hopefully make a difference to somebody else's life while they go through such a life changing experience makes me love it even more."

Adam Daffern, a former Wilmslow High School student, from the Wilmslow Green Hair Studio gave up his time to come into school and to cut Olivia's hair for her.

Olivia is trying to raise as much money as possible for the Little Princess Trust to go with her hair donation so has set up a fundraising page, which has already raised over £200. You can donate online via her my donate page.

Little Princess Trust, Wilmslow High School


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Sandy Marshall
Saturday 27th February 2016 at 9:33 pm
Well done Olivia. Bet you feel a bit light headed now! Good for you - enjoy your short hair and if you don't like it -well it will grow again!