FUNDRAISER Charlie Smith had a hair-raising experience after she vowed to generate cash for a charity.
The 18-year-old, from Westoe, South Shields, had her head shaved to raise £300 for Cancer Research UK.
To make the haircut even more meaningful, Charlie is donating her shorn locks to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer treatment.
Charlie was given her radical new haircut yesterday by Tanya Wyatt, owner of The Head Shed, in Westoe Road, South Shields.
Before her haircut, she said: “My grandad Colin Smith and grandma Mary Pierce both died from cancer and that made me realise how real it was. I decided I wanted to help in some way.
“I wasn’t really nervous about shaving my hair off because I knew it was for a good cause.”
Charlie had her head shaved in front of her mum Ellen, brother Kyle, dad Gary, and other family members and friends.
After having it done, she said: “It feels weird, but it’s worth it to know a little girl with cancer is going to have a wig.”
She also thanked the owners of Westoe News, also in Westoe Road, for helping with her fundraising.
Her mum Ellen, added: “I think it will take time to get used to Charlie’s new look, but I’m really proud of her.
“No child should have to go through cancer and lose their hair.
“A wig can help make them feel much better about it all.”
To sponsor Charlie, go to www.justgiving.com/charliebvsp