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Teenager from Sutton Coldfield battling rare illness cuts hair off for children's cancer charity the Little Princess Trust

By Sutton Coldfield Observer  |  Posted: April 18, 2014

'Hair' today, gone tomorrow... Brave Amy Shah, 14, holds up her ponytail which she had cut off on Wednesday to raise money for the Little Princess Trust. (SFTS20140416JOB 05-2689_C)

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A KIND-hearted teenager from Sutton Coldfield was the 'mane' attraction at a local salon this week as she went to new lengths to help children with cancer.

Brave Amy Shah, 14, from Four Oaks, who had been growing her lovely long locks since she was a little girl decided to have her hair cut off so she could donate it – and sponsorship money – to the Little Princess Trust, which provides real-hair wigs to youngsters who have lost their own hair following cancer treatment.

What makes the Arthur Terry pupil's generous act even more remarkable is that she is currently battling an uncommon condition which makes her physically sick every 20 minutes.

Proud mum Sue said: "She just wanted to do something to make children's lives a little easier. She said 'they need my hair more than I do'!

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"Amy was diagnosed with cyclic vomiting syndrome, which is a migraine of the stomach, a few years ago. It is a recurring condition which can last for about four days at a time and makes her sick every 20 minutes.

"She has been through a lot. You never know when it's going to start and when it does you know it's going to continue for days.

"She was very poorly and has been in and out of hospital, but she is on medication now to manage it.

"Amy's always wanted to help people and make people happy," Sue added.

"She's never had short hair so this will be quite change! She was worried that we wouldn't let her do it but we told her it was her hair and she could do it if that's what she wanted to do. "We're so proud of her."

Amy was inspired to help the Little Princess Trust by her favourite YouTuber Carrie Hope Fletcher, who also did a similar fund-raiser for the charity.

And with the support of her loving family, including her older brother Elliott and staff at Carl Flavell Hairdressing in Boldmere who kindly offered to cut Amy's hair free of charge, she has smashed her £350 target – with nearly £500 already raised. Amy said: "I have no particular reason as to why I cut off my hair, I just think it's a nice thing to do!

"I have never personally been affected by cancer, nor has any of my family. I just think that someone else is probably having to go through something really tough at the moment and this is just a way to make their life a little less horrible.

"I believe that all children should be treated like princes and princesses. I think that this is something nice to do for someone else who probably has life harder than me."

Anyone who would still like to sponsor Amy can do so online at www.justgiving.com/amyshah

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