Tweedbank childminder Shelley Foster has donated around 12 inches of her hair to charity and has raised more than £250 in the process.
Having grown her hair for several years, Shelley, 32, decided it was time to let her hairdresser brother Tim loose on her locks, but decided to make it really worth it.
Shelley found the Little Princess Trust online, who accept hair donations which then get made into wigs for young people suffering hair loss through disease or as a result of medical treatments.
“I had been growing it for a good few years and I thought if I was going to get it cut, then I could do something with it, so to speak.
“I am slowly getting used to it now, but it is a bit chilly. I don’t think I’ve ever worn a scarf so much!” said Shelley.
“We forgot to measure how much was cut off. I only realised once I put the envelope into the post box, but it must have been around 12 inches.”
Once friends and family heard of her plan many offered to sponsor her, so Shelley decided to make that side of things in aid of Leukemia and Lymphoma Research.
“It is a charity very close to our family as my husband Mark’s stepmother passed away two years ago this week after suffering from lymphoma.
“On her passing, the family decided this would be a charity we would support and we have done a few things for them, including my husband and father-in-law running a half marathon.”
Shelley has raised more than £250 and her fundraising page – http://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/shelleyfoster1 will be open for donations for a few more weeks yet.
Shelley added: “I was on holiday last week and when my childminding children came back in on Monday some of the little ones were a bit unsure – I got a few funny looks from them!”