Year 11 student Hannah Loy has raised around £650 by shaving her head for a cancer charity and has donated her hair to an organisation that makes wigs for people undergoing chemotherapy.
Hannah, who has had long hair all her life, was prompted to do something dramatic after one of her family members was diagnosed: ‘One of my aunties has got cancer and it is at an advanced stage so I wanted to do something for Cancer Research. My aunty cut my plait off. That took about two minutes, then her children, my cousins, cut little bits off. Then I went to Sarah’s Hair and Beauty who clipped the rest off.
'Everybody was on Facebook sending me messages. I had a really good response and have £650 pledged. Teachers have sponsored me and lots of people are giving me money and saying how proud they are of me. It has already grown really fast. My body is not used to losing so much heat it is so cold now so I will have to get used to wearing hats! Now I get up in the morning and don’t have to do anything to my hair, just splash some water on it. I will grow it again but not to as long as it was.
‘My family supported me the whole way through. My mum thought it was a good idea from the start because she knows lots of people who have had cancer. My family have given me so much money and I am really happy with the support I have got. The reason I shaved my head rather than doing Race For Life was as a sign of respect for people who have gone through chemotherapy.’