A TEENAGER fulfilled a promise she made to her dying grandmother when she had her hair cut and donated it to help cancer patients.
Lauren Allison, 15, made a promise to her nana last year when she was battling lung cancer that she would grow her hair and then get it cut to wigs for young girls with cancer.
Lauren’s nana, Freda Garbutt, 70, was diagnosed with cancer three years ago and wore a synthetic wig after losing her hair due to chemotherapy treatment.
The mum of three, who had three grandchildren and three great grandchildren, died on April 6 last year.
Lauren’s mum Susan Garbutt, 43, said: “When Lauren’s nana lost her hair Lauren said to her that she was going to get her hair cut and donate it to a cancer charity.
“It was Lauren’s final promise to her nana that she would do it.”
The Dyke House Sports and Technology College pupil had 10 inches of hair cut off and donated it to the Little Princess Trust.
She also collected sponsorship and along with English teacher at the school, Barrie Porter, who had his head shaved, helped raise £583 for Macmillan Nurses, who helped her nana before she died.
Her granddad, Ian Garbutt, 75, was at the school assembly to see Lauren have her hair cut along with other family members.
Mum of one Susan said: “It’s been a tough year for him without his wife and he is just so proud of her.
“I’m totally proud and inspired by her.
“At the end of the day she is 15, she had lovely long hair and for a girl to do that because their hair is everything, is amazing.”
“I cannot put into words how everyone feels about her. I know her nana would have been proud of her as well.”