A TEENAGER had a close shave when she had her locks chopped for charity.
Emma Kennedy, 15, had seven inches cut off her brunette pigtails for The Little Princess Trust.
The charity makes wigs for youngsters who have lost their hair to cancer.
Emma, of Fence Houses, made the decision to have the drastic snip after her grandfather Peter Hopkins, 74, of Great Lumley, underwent surgery after being diagnosed with prostate cancer last year.
The teenager, who works for Wear Mencap, said seeing so many inches of her hair chopped off was exciting.
“I really enjoyed it. It was a bit scary at first, but it was fun, and I would probably do it again,” she said. Emma raised about £400 for The Little Princess Trust, with some money still to be collected.
With help from mum Gail, 47, she packaged up the hair in a freezer bag and posted it to the charity.
Gail said: “Her hair isn’t important to her, but she knew it would be to someone else, so she was determined to give as much as possible.”
She added: “She’s got a heart of gold.”