A Lincolnshire teenager with waist-length hair is having it shaved off – to help make wigs for children who have lost their locks to cancer.
Student Amy Clarke, from The Priory Academy LSST, in Lincoln, has decided to sacrifice her own blonde tresses for seriously ill youngsters battling the killer disease.
Fourteen-year-old Amy is having a number three setting head shave four days before Christmas for the Little Princess Trust.
The national charity raises funds to make fashionable hair-pieces from donated natural locks at an average cost of £350.
"I have just made the decision to shave my hair the day after we break up from school, on Saturday, December 21," said Amy, who lives in the city.
"The reason is that I have always been known for my long, thick blonde hair.
"Therefore shaving it off will impact my life greatly.
"The charity I am donating my hair to is the Little Princess Trust and I am also collecting sponsorships from anyone willing to help.
"I'm hoping to raise at least £500 in cash because my hair has such a big impact on my life and I feel sorry for the children who lose theirs through cancer treatment.
"It's going to be a chilly experience – but my mum has already bought me a nice hat so I should be fine!"
The charity said it was delighted that the teenager was giving both her tresses and sponsorship money to the cause.
"Everyone at the Little Princess Trust is amazed at how much Amy is doing for the charity," said the Hereford-based organisation's charity manager Monica Glass.
"It is truly heartening that someone so young is so keen to help others.
"Not only is Amy donating her beautiful hair to form part of a wig for a child with cancer, she is also raising money at the same time – so that we can purchase other wigs for other poorly children in the UK and Ireland.
"So, on behalf of everyone that the charity helps, thankyou Amy!"