HAIR today, gone tomorrow. Aimee Thompson is getting used to a dramatic new look after having her head shaved for charity.
The 22-year-old, of Millfield, has had 20 inches of her trailing tresses shorn off to raise money for patients in need of a bone marrow transplant.
Aimee was inspired to help the cause after registering to become a donor with the Anthony Nolan Trust.
She has raised more than £200 and counting for the charity, which matches individuals willing to donate their stem cells to people who desperately need lifesaving transplants.
“I love my long hair,” explained Aimee, who has just graduated from Preston University. “I’ve been growing my hair for four years and it’s a very big deal for me to have it shaved off, but I thought it would be the most effective way of helping the charity.
“It costs them a lot of money to make these matches and I wanted to help out in any way I could. They save so many lives.”
Aimee was given her new look at Dembry and Macey salon in Blandford Street, Sunderland.
“I was heartbroken when she cut the plait off. I cried my eyes out,” she said. “But knowing that it’s for such a good cause makes me feel better.
“My friends and family were a bit shocked by what I’ve done, but they’ve said they’re proud of me and that they like my new look.”
•To sponsor Aimee, visit www.justgiving.com/amiee-thompson.