Having the chop to help charities

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A WOMAN touched by cancer has had her trailing tresses shaved off to help raise life-saving funds.

Laura Elliott, 41, from Concord, Washington, had been growing her hair long for nine years.

However, she decided to have it shaved off to raise as much money as possible.

Funds raised by her follicle feat, which took place at Woodlands pub in Rickleton, will be split between Macmillan Cancer Support and Breast Cancer UK.

She was inspired to take on the challenge after family friend Nicola Pendleton, from Sunderland, was diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as by Laura’s own family’s experiences of cancer.

“I heard about Nicola through her dad Gary and I really wanted to do something to help,” she said. “My hair was half way down my back, so it’s a big change, but I wanted to do as much as I could.”

Over the course of seven years, Laura lost mum Pat Elliott, 71, dad Peter Elliott, 74, and brother Paul, 54, to cancer, and she says she hopes her charity work will help future patients. She said: “My own family has been really affected by cancer, but I’m hoping that by doing good by others it will skip me by.”

Laura’s hair will now be donated to a charity to make wigs for people who have lost their hair through chemotherapy. Some of the funds will also help Nicola to set up a business once her treatment is complete. To donate visit www.gofundme.com/pi9n7g