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Gamesley teaching assistant has hair cut off for charity
Monday 27th June 2016 @ 16:37 by Adam Higgins

A teaching assistant from Gamesley Primary School has raised hundreds of pounds for charity after having her hair cut in assembly.

Louise Amesbury, who works with pupils with special educational needs in Year 5, had her long brown ponytail chopped off in front of the whole school on stage.

She said it was ‘a nerve-racking experience’ but hopes her foot-long locks can be put to good use to help a young child in need.

Louise, who has been at the school for nine years, also owns Restaurant At 54 on High Street West in Glossop, and has received many donations from pupils, staff and customers.

She has so far raised around £400 for the Little Princess Trust, which provides real hair wigs to children across the UK who have lost their own hair to cancer, but hopes it will rise once she’s collected all of the donations.

Restaurant at 54 (High Street West, Glossop)

Second job: Louise also owns the Restaurant at 54 on High Street West in Glossop

Louise told the Chronicle: “The idea was a suggestion from a colleague I work with looking after children who have learning difficulties or an illness.

“We were on a trip out one day and my long hair came up in conversation.

“I said I might get it cut and the staff said ‘why not make it worthwhile and do it for a good cause’ so I decided I would.

“I’d like to thank Sue Walsh from Sue’s Salon in Simmondley – she is friends with a member of staff and has a grandchild at the school and kindly agreed to come up to cut my hair for free.

“I hope the money and hair will make a difference to someone who is not having a particularly good time right now.”