A teenager has had her long locks cut off to donate to a charity that makes wigs for children with cancer.
15-year-old Rachel Barrett, who is a pupil at Hastingsbury Business and Enterprise College in Kemspton, had her hair cut off on Friday at the school’s talent contest that was held to raise money for Children in Need.
The cut was made by Rachel’s friend and organiser of the contest Shannon Heritage in front of around 300 pupils.
Rachel, who lives in Bedford, said: “My friend’s mum was diagnosed with breast cancer. She got over it the first time, but it has recently come back and spread to other places. All of her hair has fallen out, and it really inspired me to do something.
“I found this charity that makes wigs for children with cancer, so I thought I would really like to donate my hair to be used as a wig.
“I saw how hard it was for my friend’s mum to lose her hair, so if my hair can go to help a young child with cancer then it’s worth it.”
Rachel’s hair will now be donated to the charity Little Princess Trust and she has raised several thousand pounds that will go to Breast Cancer UK.
Assistant headteacher Cath Stanton said: “Rachel came to me with the idea completely off her own back, asking if we could tie it in with the talent show and make it the main event.
“She’s always been very well groomed, so for her to want to cut all her hair off is really inspiring. I’m really proud of her and Shannon, who has done an amazing job in organising the talent contest in just under a week.”