Four Hartlepool schoolgirls have helped young people going through the trauma of cancer when they faced the chop.
The friends who all attend Manor Academy, in Owton Manor Lane, had almost 4ft of their hair cut off in a fundraising drive.
They were cheered on by their classmates and staff when they said goodbye to their flowing locks.
The hair – 47 inches in total – along with about £1,300 that the school has raised, will now help to provide wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.
The Year 7 pupils; Louisa McCann, 12, Holly Gale, 12, Lucy Burnett, 12, and Mia Levitt, 11, agreed to have their long locks cut off for the Little Princess Trust.
Teacher Ailsa Wallis said: “I think they were so brave. They were excited yet nervous before having it done but were so excited to do something positive.
So little girls can feel OK being around people because they’ve got real hairMia Levitt
“A couple of the girls did it in memory of people in their family who were lost through cancer. They had to have a minimum of seven inches off each but collectively it came to 47 inches.”
The girls smashed their original target of raising £1,000 for the charity. The event raised about £1,300 from donations and sponsorship from friends and family.
It included a generous £250 donation from a mystery supporter after they read about the event in the Mail.
Ms Wallis added: “The school also had a bake off, pupils had a cake sale. Everyone clubbed together.”
Mia added: “We are doing it to make little girls confident, so they can feel OK being around people because they’ve got real hair.”
The deed was carried out free of charge by stylists from The Little Hair Boutique, in Greatham village, who cut and styled the girls’ hair.
Anyone can still donate by going to https://www.justgiving.com/manorsbigchop/?utm_id=13.