A little girl’s big gift to an amazing charity was the talk of the town, especially in Crowland’s community-run library.
Natasha Godfrey (8) was publicly donating her hair to a trust that makes wigs for poorly children.
She took centre stage at the library to have her hair cut ... and each of four pigtails snipped off by hairdresser Joanne Holland, of the Cutting Crew, saw a 30-40 strong audience bursting into applause and cheers rather than keeping the respectful silence that’s the norm in libraries.
It was the first proper haircut Natasha has ever had because, until now, she’s just had trims.
Eleven inches were cut off in one go at the Godfrey family’s coffee afternoon at Crowland Community Hub, the new name for the library, and Natasha is sending her locks to the Little Princess Trust.
As news of Natasha’s charity haircut spread, the community rallied round and the family expects to double their original £400 target to donate to the trust – enough money to pay for two wigs to be made.
Cash was raised through donations on the day, sponsor forms and a justgiving site.
Natasha was inspired by one of her Spalding pals, who had previously donated hair to the trust to help children who had lost theirs through treatment like chemotherapy.
The true meaning of Natasha’s gift was best explained when she received a letter from Heather Greaves, a friend of one of her nans, Janette Olive.
Heather lost her own granddaughter Lia Veal (11) to cancer in 2013 and, as Lia fought the disease, she had treasured the gift of a real hair wig from the trust.
Heather said she knew Lia would have sent Natasha a big thank you on behalf of all the children who have needed wigs.
The gran also told Natasha: “I think you are a very special young lady and I would like to meet you one day.”
Natasha’s nans Janette Olive and Patricia Barnes manned stalls and were among family members supporting the coffee afternoon and haircut, along with Natasha’s mum, Emma Godfrey.
Emma told us Natasha is now sporting a fabulous bob and is thrilled to bits with her new look.
“She absolutely loves her new hairstyle,” said Emma. “She would love to keep it like this from now on.”
Having her first proper haircut with a big audience looking on was quite an adventure for the Southview Primary School pupil.
“Natasha told me she felt nervous and excited and she’s used words like ‘crazy’ and ‘mad’ to describe the experience,” said Emma. “She had a lot of mixed emotions, I think. She had her hair in four plaits and as Joanne cut off each plait, everybody clapped and cheered.”
Full-time mum Emma looks after Natasha, Alisha (13) and ten-month-old Zachary.
Natasha’s dad, Richard, works as an assistant transport manager.
Natasha and her family have thanked everyone who supported them, including Joanne who donated her hairstyling services and raised funds with a sponsorship form.