LITTLE Emma Codman grinned all the way through losing her lovely blond locks, even when the shaved hairs flew in to her mouth.

“I like it,” was the reaction of the Poole girl looking at her new style in the mirror, who had celebrated her 10th birthday the day before having her head shaved for charity.

Manager of the Scope charity shop in Ashley Road, Lindsay Paine-Simpson, who is also a hairdresser, wielded the clippers and presented Emma with a teddy bear in recognition of her sacrifice.

“It feels nice but weird,” said Emma, from Rossmore Road, who raised a massive £581 for the charity through donations from pubs, Heatherlands Primary School fete and the Poole Quay biker night, as well as sponsorship from family and friends.

“I think it’s amazing, absolutely amazing,” said Lindsay. “There are not many children or adults that have that much commitment.”

Mum Andrea, who watched her daughter go under the clippers in the shop, with other daughter Samantha, 12, said: “She had done brilliantly. I am really proud of her.”

She said it was all Emma’s idea to lose her fine hair and raise funds for charity.

“It’s like baby hair,” said her mum. “It’s very fine and when it’s grown it curls into ringlets. She can’t do anything with it. She wanted it all shaved off. I hope she keeps the blonde when it grows back.”

She added that they decided to support Scope because she always donated items to the shop and bought things there. And the Branksome Heath Junior School pupil had been really excited about it.

Afterwards Emma scooped up a handful of her fair hair to present to her dad, Don, who was at work and missed the event.