A PAIR of kind-hearted sisters had a collective 14-inches lopped off their luscious locks in memory of their aunt who died after a nine-year battle with cancer.
Sarah and Danielle McCarthy - both pupils at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, Hartlepool – lost their aunty, Jackie Hourigan, 47, to cancer in February.
And the pair decided themselves that they would like to raise cash for Cancer Research by chopping off their blonde and brunette waist-length hair.
They have also donated their chopped locks to the Little Princess Trust which makes wigs for children suffering from the disease who may have lost their own hair.
Their proud mum Mary McCarthy, 40, a mum-of-eight who lives at the marina in Hartlepool, said: “I’m really proud of them, it was a lovely thing for them to have done.
“They organised everything behind my back and they didn’t even ask my permission!”
The grandmother-of-one, who moved to Hartlepool from Ireland five years ago, added: “They’re delighted with their new hair and were saying how much lighter they feel now.
“I expect they’ll raise about £250 for Cancer Research and I’ve posted off their hair to the Little Princess Trust.
“Their aunty Jackie would be so proud of them as well,”
Mum-of-two Jackie, who lived in Cork City, Ireland, contracted breast cancer which then spread into her spine.
The sisters were so moved by her death that they wanted to do something to remember her by.
So they went along to the Inspirations hair salon in Park Road, Hartlepool, for the charitable session with the scissors.
Mary - who is also mum to Eileen, 23, Noreen, 18, Josephine, 16, Maggie, 10, Jimmy, seven, and Biddy, five – said: “The girls have always had really long hair and I struggled to make them even have an inch cut off it when they were younger.
“It’s a big thing that they have done, but they have done it for a good cause and from the heart so I couldn’t say no to them.”