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Tiffany Oakley, 16, lost both her grandparents and has decided to shave off her waist length hair to raise cash for British Heart Foundation.
Tiffany Oakley, 16, lost both her grandparents and has decided to shave off her waist length hair to raise cash for British Heart Foundation.
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Going, going, gone! A brave teenager has taken the plunge and shaved off her long flowing locks in a bid to raise hundreds of pounds in memory of her grandparents.

Tiffany Oakley, 16, walked into Thornton’s Fusion hair salon with her long dark hair down to her waist.

Friends and family look on as Michelle Woodward of Fusion hairdressers, Thornton shaves off Tiffany's hair.

Friends and family look on as Michelle Woodward of Fusion hairdressers, Thornton shaves off Tiffany's hair.

But the college student emerged again looking like a different person after stylist Michelle Woodward took the clippers to her locks.

And Tiffany, who is studying retail at the Skills Training Academy in Fleetwood, said: “It’s all gone now and it was really long, it stretched to the bottom of my back.

“I just decided to have it shaved off out of the blue and decided to do it in memory of my nana and grandad.”

Tiffany’s grandparents, Mavis and Raymond Heap, both died in 2010, and Tiffany said they had always supported the British Heart 
Foundation.

Tiffany Oakley prior to her charity haircut.

Tiffany Oakley prior to her charity haircut.

So the teenager, from Cleveleys, hopes her challenge will raise £250 in their memory for the charity.

She underwent the chop surrounded by family and friends on Friday, but said she had been too nervous to take her first peek in the mirror as she left the salon.

Tiffany said: “I was nervous at first because she had to cut my ponytail off, and I was really nervous and crying.

“Then, when she was shaving it, I was fine, it’s just prickly on top now.

“Quite a few people have said I really suit it, but I’ve not really looked in the mirror because I’m a bit scared.”

One of those watching on as Tiffany had her hair cut was her step-dad Gavin Booth who said: “Her nan had suffered with a heart condition all her life.

“Her death was heart related, that’s why Tiffany decided to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

“It was a shock to watch her do it.

“It’s very short considering it was virtually down to the bottom of her back.

“They just chopped her ponytail off and then shaved from there.

“I’m very proud of her.”

The teenager posted a video of her having her hair shaved off on Friday on social networking site Facebook – and it has already been watched by more than 1,200 people worldwide.

Mr Booth added: “It’s unbelievable – the video has gone global.

“People from all over the world such as America and Canada have clicked to say they like it and donated some money.

“She’s got around £350 already.”

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