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A WOMAN has shaved off her long locks – which she had been growing for eight years – to raise money for charity.
Nicola Moores, of Drayton Gardens, West Drayton, had her waist-length hair clipped to a short grade three during a fundraiser she organised at Westbourne House, in Westbourne Grove, Kensington, on August 30.
The 45-year-old mother said she was compelled to do her bit and organise the charity party after the death of a close friend following a short battle with the disease.
She said: “My friend John was only 46 years old, so that spurred me on to make arrangements and go for it. I also lost my aunt to cancer this year. It is something I have wanted to do for a while.”
After the chop, she said: “I have been growing my hair for eight years, so it feels very different.
“My brother walked past me on the street because he didn’t recognise me, but my 12-year-old son, Fin, thinks it’s cool. I might dye it pink, or another silly colour.”
Partygoers danced into the night, with top club DJs lending their services, before giving generously during an auction, and a raffle.
Parishioners at St Matthew’s Church, in High Street, Yiewsley, which Mrs Moores attends, also donated about £200.
She is now more than half way towards her £5,000 target, which will be split between Cancer Research and Children with Cancer.
Mrs Moores, a trainee art therapist, is donating her hair to Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes real hair wigs for children who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment.
■ To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/NicolaMoores1402.