Eight-year-old Olivia Harman has locks chopped off for children’s hospice

CUT ABOVE: Olivia Harman who had her long locks cut to be made into a wig for Julia’s House

CUT ABOVE: Olivia Harman who had her long locks cut to be made into a wig for Julia’s House

First published in Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Trainee Reporter

A KIND eight-year-old girl has helped ill children by donating some of her hair to charity.

Olivia Harman, from Rodwell, in Weymouth, also raised more than £375 for Julia’s House when she had 15 inches of hair cut off.

This hair will be sent to the Little Princess Trust, which provides free real-hair wigs to children across the UK that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

Olivia’s hair was cut by her mum, Kelly, who works at The Hair Boutique in St Alban Street.

Through donations from customers, friends and family, Olivia has raised hundreds of pounds for Julia’s House, which aims to enrich the quality of life for Dorset children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

Olivia’s dad, Gavin Relph, said she wanted to raise money for the charity to help other young children. Olivia’s been wanting her hair cut short for quite a while.

He said: “She’s been trying to find every excuse possible. We thought, ‘We can’t deny her of that one.’ “She can’t stop looking at herself in the mirror at the moment. She’s loving all the clips Kelly went out and bought for her.”

Both Gavin and Kelly admitted they were surprised at how much money Olivia had raised. The family have since been invited to an open day at Julia’s House.

Gavin added: “We’ll take Olivia and she’ll get to see the reason behind why she’s done it.”

If you would still like to donate to Olivia’s fund, donations can be given in person at The Hair Boutique.

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