An 11-year-old Northampton girl has raised £1,000 in a single week with her plan to cut her hair for charity after a number of professional footballers spotted her appeal.
Imogen Davies, of Highdown Close in Hunsbury Hill, will next month be cutting off her long blonde locks for the Little Princess Trust to make wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.
But the keen football-player’s online appeal for sponsors received a huge boost after it was retweeted by AFC Wimbledon striker Adebayo Akinfenwa to his 150,000 followers, leading to a number of pledges by women footballers.
Imogen, who also plays as goalkeeper for Welland Valley Girls under 11s and Northampton Town PDC, has also secured several donations from Cobblers fans after the club also helped to share her campaign, bringing her total up to more than £1,000.
She decided to make the bold move after winning the title of May Queen at her school, Rothersthorpe Primary School.
She said: “I know that my hair will grow back. Poorly children deserve to have hair too.
“I was recently crowned May Queen at my school and everyone said that I looked like a Princess. That’s why I am donating my hair so that a child fighting cancer can look like a Prince or Princess too.”
The big haircut will take place in early July, after she breaks up for the summer holiday, and all the proceeds from the event, as well as Imogen’s hair will go directly to the charity.
Her father Tony said: “The amount of support has been unexpected and she is now beyond her target within eight days.
“She’s a pretty caring and sensitive soul.”
To add your donation, visit Imogen’s Just Giving page on: www.justgiving.com/ImogenRDavies