Two kind-hearted teenagers have undergone a hair-raising event to raise an impressive £3,505.48 to share between two charitable causes.
Almost everyone from their home village of Howsham packed into the village hall to watch Evie Bainbridge and Sarah Clark have their heads shaved by Brigg hairdresser Jackie McKitton.
The friends, both students at Caistor Grammar School, were inspired to raise money this way by singer Jessie J, who famously had her head shaved on live television for Comic Relief.
But the girls’ luscious locks won’t go to waste, as they too have donated their hair to the Little Princess Trust.
The money raised will be shared between two other good causes - Iris Global, for orphans in Africa, and Macmillan Cancer Support.
“I met Heidi Baker, the driving force behind Iris Global. She really inspired me as she helps thousands of people every day,” said Evie. “I also love the idea of putting a smile on someone’s face when they get the wig made of my hair.”
And the donation to Macmillan has a special meaning for Sarah, whose auntie died in 2012.
“She had help from the Macmillan nurses when she was ill, so I wanted to support them as much as I can and shaving my hair is something I’ve wanted to do for a while now,” said Sarah.
They both agreed they were really glad they had done it and would like to thank everyone for donating money.
Special thanks were given to Jackie for cutting and shaving their hair for free.
Evie and Sarah look quite different with their short hair cuts, but Sarah’s mum Debbie said that didn’t alter them.
“They still look pretty and feminine even though their hair is so short,” she said.
And like singer Jessie J, Evie and Sarah have donated their hair to the Little Princess charity, which provides real-hair wigs, free of charge, to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
“When we first set up this charity we could never have imagined how many children we would end up being able to help and how well it would be supported,” said Wendy Tarplee-Morris, co-founder and Trustee of the charity.
“It has surpassed all of our expectations and it really does show how great the need is for the Trust to provide this service to children. “
And July saw the charity team up with Macmillan Cancer Support for ‘Shave or Style’, encouraging supporters to choose whether to brave the shave or don a new do in aid of Macmillan, while donating their locks to the Little Princess Trust.