December’s cold snap did not put off thirteen year old Isambard student Amy Joliffe from making the ultimate statement of support for her chosen charity by having her shoulder length locks lopped off and raising £715 for Prospect Hospice.
Amy said, “my Gran died in October 2009 and I wanted to say thank you to Prospect for looking after her.”
Head of Year 8 Ben Maxfield, who performed the deed in front of 240 students during their year group’s assembly, said “Amy came to me when she first joined Isambard and told me she wanted to have her head shaved for Prospect when her grandmother was seriously ill. Then when her gran died she told me she wanted to let her hair grow for another year. At that point I thought she’d bottled out.”
But far from it. Shaving off even longer hair was going to be a greater statement of determination for the budding football star who plays midfield with Swindon Town ladies under-13s.
Mr Maxfield added, “the whole school is really proud of her and there was a tear in all the staff’s eyes as they watched Amy’s hair gradually fell to the floor.”
“My friends couldn’t believe it at first but now they think it looks nice. But I won’t leave it like this – it’s too cold!” said Amy.
Amy raised over £100 in sponsorship, plus donations from teachers, staff and friends, and from parents and team-mates at Swindon Town.
Dad, Adam Joliffe said “I’m so proud of Amy. Her hair feels like velvet, and I now see what her gran meant when she used to stroke my hair as a lad.”
Photos of Amy, her dad Adam and head of year Ben Maxfield: Jac Bingle