A 19-year-old from Forton went to extreme lengths to raise over £1,000 for two important charities.Advertisement
Katie Oliver had 16 inches cut off to raise funds, after she grew her hair since childhood to beyond waist length.
Katie’s extreme cut, which left her with a shoulder skimming bob, was posted online and generated a huge positive response.
Now, the money has been split between Rosemere Cancer Foundation and the Breast Care clinic at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
She also donated the hair to the Little Princess Trust, who make wigs for children who lose their hair during cancer treatment.
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Katie said: “My hair feels very short for me but I wanted to give something back to those who have helped my family.
“I’d like to thank everyone who supported me. I thought I might raise £500 so to have more than doubled my target is fantastic and I am very grateful.”
Katie’s uncle was diagnosed with leukaemia in February, and is currently receiving treatment at Rosemere Cancer Centre, Lancashire and South Cumbria’s regional specialist cancer treatment and radiotherapy centre at the Royal Preston Hospital.
Katie’s cousin Mel Bunting and her children Sam, Charlotte and Rosie made the first cuts into Katie’s hair.
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Mel, who is now remission, underwent treatment for breast cancer at the Infirmary’s Breast Care Clinic.
Another of Katie’s uncles is in remission following treatment for bowel cancer but she lost her grandfather and aunty, Mel’s mum, to the disease.
Following her handiwork, Mel gave the scissors to Michelle Jack, of Garstang’s The Hidden Salon, who donated her time and talent to straighten and style Katie’s hair.
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