A girl who has seen first-hand the effects of losing your hair to cancer has had her own locks cut off to help children in the same position.
Casterton College Rutland pupil Leigha Travis-Bland bravely had her 10inch plaits snipped off. Hairdresser Wendy Pulley visited her home in Easton-on-the-Hill on Saturday, January 23, to do the deed, which coincided with Leigha’s sister Brooke’s second birthday party.
Proud mum Emma said: “As parents, we are extremely proud of her and the amount she has raised by her own actions.
“Leigha was in slight shock after Wendy cut her hair, but tried to concentrate on her hair going to a good cause.
“She does miss her long hair so she is growing it again.”
Leigha was inspired by Emma’s cousin Sarah, who at 43-years-old is currently undergoing chemotheraphy having had a double mastectomy.
Leigha saw the effect losing her hair had on Sarah and that was what inspired her to have her own long blonde locks chopped off.
The hair - and the money she has raised through sponsorship - will be donated to The Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment.
She had hoped to raise £350 - the amount needed to turn her plaits into a wig - but she has smashed that target, raising nearly £500.
Emma said Leigha was extremely grateful to everyone who had supported her.
And Leigha has already turned her attentions to her next fundraising event. She is planning to take part in Race for Life’s Pretty Muddy event at Burghley House in June, in aid of Cancer Research UK.