It was a case of hair one minute and gone the next for Billington teenager Hannah Croston.
The 16-year-old had her waist-length hair completely shaved off to raise funds for East Lancashire Hospice in memory of her grandfather, Tommy, who died after suffering with cancer aged 75. Tommy was a patient at the hospice.
Hannah, who is a former pupil of St Augustine’s RC High School, had her locks plaited before being chopped off so that they could be sent to a charity which makes wigs for cancer sufferers.
Friends watched while Hannah said goodbye to her hair which was around 24 inches long at Kellie’s Hair Studio in Whalley. It only took around 20 minutes of chopping and shaving the hair, which took 10 years to grow, before her new look was complete.
Hannah said: “I decided to get my head shaved on what would have been my grandad’s birthday. It is also the anniversary of my uncle’s death so I think it was meant to be. I woke up at 6-30 am that morning thinking about it, but now that I’ve had it done I feel really good knowing I’ve been able to help the hospice. I’m proud of myself and hope my grandad would be proud of me too.”
Hannah’s mum, Andrea said: “I am just so proud of her. We have lost so many family members to cancer, including my mum who died when I was only 10 years old. The East Lancashire Hospice are absolutely fabulous. We are moving to Wigan next month so this was our parting gift to the hospice.”
Hospice fundraiser Kimberley Hall said: “Hannah seems to have taken this in her stride. It’s a brave move and we want to say a huge thank you to Hannah and everyone who has sponsored her.”
Hannah has so far raised around £800 in sponsorship, but her goal is to raise £2,500. Please text TAEC76 to 70070 to donate.