It was a close shave when brave schoolgirl Lucy Bathija had her locks chopped off in front of all her friends at school.
The main hall at Sheffield High School was packed with supporters who had paid a £1 entry fee to watch the plucky Year 8 pupil have her head shaved for Cancer Research UK.
Now sporting a number one hair do, the 12-year-old said: “It was a really good experience and will give me confidence in the future.
“It feels nice and free, like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I can’t stop smiling.”
Lucy, of Causeway Glade, Dore, decided to get the chop as a way of getting one up on her brother, Kiran, 15.
Mum, Clare, 44, said: “My son had said he might shave his hair off for charity. Lucy was in the room at the time and she does know a lot of people who are either going through treatment or have gone through treatment for cancer.
“She said, ‘I’d get more money to shave my hair off because I’m a girl’.”
Lucy had initially aimed to raise £500 for the cancer charity but donations have poured in.
Her fundraising total stands at about £2,500 after the big shave, which was carried out by family hairdresser Pam Dale of Renaissant Salon in Millhouses.
Clare said: “It got quite emotional – a lot of the other girls got quite emotional and Lucy was the only one that wasn’t.
“I think she looks great and it really suits her. It’s very low maintenance now at least!
“Everybody is really pleased and they’re all so proud of her.”
Sheffield High School headteacher Valerie Dunsford said: “Lucy wanted to make a bold statement to raise money for Cancer Research UK and she certainly has done this.
“As a school we focus on different values each term and currently we are studying ‘Courage’ – and what a great example Lucy has set.”
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/lucy-bathija.