Long Sutton teenager Alice Chidgey had beautiful, chestnut hair measuring 27 inches from root to tip ... until four people stepped in with scissors to chop it in half.
Alice (14) sent her snipped locks to the Little Princess Trust, which helps children who have lost their hair through chemotherapy by supplying wigs made from real hair.
The teenager, family and friends have also raised £1,334 for the trust, with more to come, and neighbour Christine Wickes collected some £450 of that total by going door-to-door.
Alice, a Peele Community College student, said “I am very glad that I have done this, and I am very grateful for the support people have given to me, and especially the help which this gives to those children who are less lucky than I am.”
Alice’s hair was divided into plaits to ensure a more even cut and they were snipped off by fundraiser Christine, Alice’s best friends, Chloe Moyse and Georgina Stonely, and family friend Chris Brewis.
Christine said: “I am pleased to raise funds for Alice’s charity. Thank you to all my friends who helped me, Alice and the Little Princess Trust.”
Alice’s dad, Pete, told us: “We are very proud that Alice has raised such a large sum of money for such a good cause. It was her own idea – and it may also raise awareness of this vital charity which helps so many ill children.”
Chloe and Georgina said they were “so proud” of their best friend.
Chris Brewis echoed that sentiment: “What a fantastic effort by a very caring young lady, of whom we are all very proud indeed.”
Alice’s mum, Linda, said the family expects at least another £200 to come in from their fundraising for the trust.
Linda said Alice read about the Little Princess Trust on the Internet and decided she wanted to help.
“Alice has got absolutely beautiful, straight long hair,” said Linda. “Although it’s chestnut, there are so many different colours in it.”
Linda said the whole family were grateful to Christine for her fundraising efforts and to the many people who had supported Alice in her efforts to help less fortunate children.
Pete, a Sky engineer, and Linda also have a son, Oliver (13).