A hair-raising night

Emma, of Emms Lane, Barns Green, had her hair cut short at the Queen's Head
Emma, of Emms Lane, Barns Green, had her hair cut short at the Queen's Head

EMMA Dale might feel ‘hideous’ but she is about to make cancer charities up to £10,000 better off, after a short hair cut on Saturday night.

The behavioural trainer of dogs, of Emms Lane, Barns Green, was sponsored to face the chop with her long blonde hair at her local, the Queen’s Head, in a bid to support her friend who is suffering cancer.

The night included an auction, which raised most of the money, including a bid of £100 for a month’s supply of loo roll actually worth £15.

“I’m cold and I’ve got a scarf around my neck,” said a newly shorn Emma.

“Everyone is saying I look much younger and it looks really cool but I’m growing it back. It’s hideous.

“I can’t bear to look in the mirror to put my make-up on.

“But in the grand scheme of things that’s what started off raising that amount of money.

“We’re still counting and it’s £9,500 so we think we might get around £10,000. I’m still finding £20 notes that have been put through my door.

“We were only hoping for £3,500 - it’s just amazing and it was the best night ever.”

The event started when Emma wanted to support Julie Lambley, a friend from Guildford, who lost her hair due to intensive chemotherapy for lymph cancer.

The charity hair cut grew, with the support of the whole village, into a night of fun and fund raising at the pub.

Julie, who Emma thought would not be able to face attending, stayed for the whole event and her husband bought her a helicopter flight in the auction.

She, too, couldn’t believe the amount of money raised.

Emma’s 17 inche of hair is going to the Little Princess Trust, which funds the creation of wigs for children who are losing their hair due to chemotherapy.

The money will be split between Macmillan Nurses and Cancer Research UK.