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17 year-old Stevie-Lee Hossack decided the best way to show solidarity for her college friend who lost her hair through chemotherapy was to have her own head shaves, with the money raised going to Cancer Research.'Steve Barrow from Barber Barber nearly finishes his work.  PIC BY ROB  LOCK'30-6-2013
17 year-old Stevie-Lee Hossack decided the best way to show solidarity for her college friend who lost her hair through chemotherapy was to have her own head shaves, with the money raised going to Cancer Research.'Steve Barrow from Barber Barber nearly finishes his work. PIC BY ROB LOCK'30-6-2013
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While most teenagers are busy perfecting their hair, a beauty student touched by cancer has resorted to shaving off her beloved long locks to show solidarity to those with the disease.

Stevie-Lee Hossack had wanted to do something to raise money for charity since losing her grandad Donald to cancer when she was younger.

The 17-year-old has finally taken the plunge, shaving off her long blonde hair to raise hundreds of pounds for Cancer Research UK.

Stevie-Lee, of Neville Avenue, Cleveleys, said: “I always knew I’d do something which would help others.

“And I wanted to sacrifice something which means a lot to me, which is why I chose to ditch the hair.

“My 18-year-old friend has cancer and has lost her hair because of chemotherapy.

“There was nothing I could do for her but I wanted to raise money to try to help and so other people won’t have to go through it.”

The beauty therapy student, studying at Blackpool and The Fylde College, was known for her long locks, often dying it different colours.

She added: “In the days before the head shave I was fine but on the day I cried, it was horrible.

“I dye my hair all the time. I like it to be different.”

Stevie-Lee set out with a modest aim of raising £250 to donate to Cancer Research, but it soon doubled to £500 and she has so far seen around £600 of donations come in.

She added: “I knew I’d raise more by shaving my head because people know how much I love my hair.”

To sponsor Stevie-Lee visit: www.justgiving.com/stevie-leehossack2701

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