A 23-year-old Terrington St Clement woman braved the chop for the first time since she was nine to raise over £300 and donate 17 inches of hair to the Little Princess Trust.
Laura Gray was inspired to help the charity after hearing about the death of a former schoolfriend to leukaemia and after seeing first-hand the struggles some cancer patients experience with hair loss.
She said: “Hearing about the girl from school hit me really hard. Then a customer came into the shop where I work and she was going through chemotherapy. I said I hoped she would be okay and she told me it was terminal.
“That day, she wasn’t happy with her wig because some of the hair was sticking up. I don’t think you realise how lucky you are and it really made me realise.”
Despite having grown her hair long since she was nine-years-old and fearing the scissors, Laura decided to set aside her nerves and go for the chop to help cancer sufferers.
She said: “Everyone knows someone who has cancer or has been affected by it. Being a girl and growing up, you know how important your hair is and I just hated the thought of any child being bullied for not having hair.”
After rallying support and donations of around £300, Laura finally went for the chop at Lynn salon, Boldero and Filby, where stylist Callie Mcgivern gave her a new ‘do, and a plait of 17inches to donate to the charity.
Laura said: “I was nervous, but I hadn’t really thought about it until I was in the chair.
“The build-up was huge but I was never going to back out. I’m kind of liking it now but I keep using too much shampoo because I’m used to more hair.
“I had a target of £100 and the main thing was to donate the hair but I was really happy to beat it. Thanks so much to everyone who supported me.
“I hope more people will do it when they have their hair cut, you don’t have to donate seven inches!”
You can still sponsor Laura at mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/louslocks#