In short, Gemma has to be a hospice hair-o

Gemma Taylor from Adeyfield School had her head shaved for charity.
Gemma Taylor from Adeyfield School had her head shaved for charity.

A brave teenage girl had her hair completely shaved off to raise cash for a children’s hospice – and she even smashed the fundraising target set by her headteacher.

Gemma Taylor was cheered on by fellow students at Hemel Hempstead’s Adeyfield School when she faced the hairdresser’s clippers at lunchtime on Friday.

She was inspired to have her long blond locks chopped to raise cash for Keech Hospice Care after her cousin’s baby was cared for by the charity after complications meant she would not survive. The hospice gave parents Sam Charles-Kerr and Danny Kerr, who live in Berkhamsted, precious time with their first-born daughter Lexi before she passed away.

Afterwards Gemma, a Year 10 student, said: “I’m absolutely fine. I haven’t been bothered by it at all.”

But she did admit that it was a bit strange when she got up early the following day to straighten her hair as normal before heading off to school.

“The worse thing since having it done is I have found that my ears are getting really cold,” said Gemma.

The teenager came up with the fundraising idea herself and approached headteacher Scott Martin for permission to break the school’s strict hair policy.

He gave her the go ahead but said she had to raise £500. Determined Gemma has smashed that target so far raking in around £620.

She also arranged for hospice representatives to visit the school and talk to students about the charity’s good work.

English teacher Stevie Milward said: “The whole staff are really impressed with her – it is a really bold statement, especially for a girl of her age.

She has been really focussed about what she wanted to do and why she wanted to do it.”

And Gemma’s in good company – pop star Jessie J had her head shaved in March in aid of Comic Relief.