The close friend of a teenage cancer survivor is cutting off most of her hair in a bid to raise funds for charity.
Nicole Penrose, 16, was inspired by schoolfriend at John F Kennedy School James Wigg to shed around nine inches of her locks after he battled against a rare bone cancer which saw him undergo chemotherapy and surgery to remove his left knee.
Now in remission and with a prosthetic knee, 16-year-old James is again recovering from surgery on his affected leg.
Now a trainee hairdresser, Nicole said: “My hair has always been long, right down my back. Everyone who knows me knows I love my hair, and James was really surprised I am choosing to cut it to chin-length.
“The Little Princess Trust charity is really important, because once you lose your hair, you can just really lose confidence.”
Nicole aims to raise £300 for the charity which provides free, real-hair wigs to children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other illnesses. She plans to stage the big chop in late January. To donate, visit justgiving.com/Nicole-Penrose1.