Isobelle’s generous gesture for cancer children

Isobelle Emmott is having her long hair cut short to raise money for a cancer charity who get wigs made for patients. (d13071105)

Isobelle Emmott is having her long hair cut short to raise money for a cancer charity who get wigs made for patients. (d13071105)

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Children recovering from cancer are set to benefit from the selfless act of an eight-year-old girl.

Isobelle Sibbald was proud of her long hair, which had never been cut, but that changed when she saw the plight of young chemotherapy patients.

She has now her 28in locks trimmed to half their length and is sending the hair to the Little Princess Trust to be made into wigs for children faced with hair loss following cancer treatment.

She has also raised more than £500 from donations to her JustGiving webpage, which will go to the trust and Cancer Research UK.

Isobelle, who attends the Holy Spirit School, Heckmondwike, said: “I watched Children’s Hospital and saw these children who had lost their hair and I wanted to do something to help them. I’ve grown my hair since I was little so my mum wasn’t sure at first. She made me wait to see if I really wanted to do it but I didn’t change my mind once.”

Isobelle received plenty of encouragement from her friends and teachers at the school.

She said: “One or two of my friends got a bit giddy about it but I’ve had lots of support and donations from my family, friends and even people I don’t know.”

Mum Kirsty Emmott, of Staincliffe Close, Dewsbury Moor, was very proud of Isobelle and confessed she was more nervous than her daughter when the scissors were being wielded.

She said: “It’s a very generous thing to do, especially at her age, but she’s a very compassionate girl. I made her wait three months after she said she wanted it cutting off, to make sure she really wanted to go through with it, but she’s been very determined.

“People’s response has been amazing. We had a target of £150 on the JustGiving page and so far we’ve raised £520 online and have collected another £36 directly.”

The big cut was carried out by Isobelle’s grandma, Susan Emmott, a former hairdresser.

And Isobelle’s verdict? “I like it, I think I’ll keep it like this.”

Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/isobelle.