Most teenage girls are interested in fashion, beauty and of course, hair styles.
So for a 14-year-old to give up their long luscious locks to help others in need is quite a big deal.
But that’s exactly what Millfield High School pupil Lucy Thistleton has done.
Kind-hearted Lucy – whose hair was down to her lower back – cut off her curls at the weekend to help children’s charity, the Little Princess Trust.
She has raised close to £300 already towards her target of £350 and will be donated the 17ins of trimmed locks to the charity, so they can be used to make wigs for children who lose their hair due to conditions such as leukaemia, cancer and alopecia.
Lucy, from Thornton, decided she wanted to do something after reading about the work of the charity online.
She lost her grandma, Glenys Thistleton, to cancer when she was six years old and is carrying out the fundraising in her memory.
Lucy, who lives with mum Michelle, dad James, eight-year-old brother Joseph and five-year-old sister Emily, said: “All of these dreadful illnesses affect many people’s lives every day and donating my hair will make just a small difference to a child’s life.
“As a child I used to love getting my hair braided and put into different styles and I can’t imagine what it would have been like as a child to not have hair.
“My life was deeply affected by cancer as my grandma died from it. After I had decided to cut my hair, I found out she wore wigs, so it gave me yet another reason to cut my curls off for this amazing cause. It would make me happy to know I was helping a child feel more confident about the way they look.”
It costs The Little Princess Trust £350 to make a wig, which are then given to the children for free.
Fusion Hair Salon on Fleetwood Road, Thornton, donated the haircut for Lucy.
Proud mum Michelle said: “Lucy has always had long hair, but felt someone else could benefit from having hers.
“Her grandma lost her hair through cancer and she would have been really proud of Lucy.
“Lucy lives close to her grandad, Kenneth Thistleton and see him regularly, he is so proud of her.
“We are all proud of her and we know how much she loved her hair, but she was determined to do this.
“She is being so thoughtful and caring and we hope her story might encourage other people to help the charity.
“She has been collecting sponsors at school and the school has been great.
“Chaucer School in Fleetwood, which she attended when she was younger, is also holding a non-uniform day to help.”
To donate click www.justgiving.com/Lucy-thistleton