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Haircut helps children

A CARING Bersted Guide used her head to start raising funds to help two sets of young children.


Sophie Gilbert was sponsored for about £200 to have her long hair shortened for the first time.


She donated the cuttings to the Little Princess Trust to be made into wigs to help seriously ill youngsters.


The money is going towards the funds she needs to raise for a three-week working visit to Argentina next summer.


Sophie, 14, of 1st Bersted Guides, said: “My hair was 11ins long from ponytail. It took about 90 minutes to have it cut and styled by one of my mother’s friends.


“It’s the first time I have had it this short. It feels different. I keep going to part it and tie up but it’s not there.”


Sophie, of Winston Crescent, North Bersted, has to raise £2,800 in monthly instalments to pay for her visit to the South American country.


She will be making the near 7,000-mile journey from July 27 to August 18.


She will be staying in Cordoba with nine other Guides and three leaders. They will spend the mornings teaching in a nursery and renovating the building in the afternoons.


Leisure time will be spent learning Spanish, cooking Argentine meals and practising the Argentinian tango. Ziplining, horse riding, abseiling and a visit to a world-famous heritage site are also in prospect.


Sophie had to undergo a two-stage selection process to secure a place on the visit.


“I thought it would be an amazing experience and I would gain more confidence from it as well,” she said.
a member of Girlguiding since she was seven, Sophie has so far raised £660, including a grant from the Guides, and will be staging more events to raise money.


These include a variety show at the Newtown Sports and Social Club in Bognor Regis on March 2 and a 2.8m virtual run for a medal. Entry is on her Instagram page: 2.8mile_virtual_run

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