A charitable young lady is cutting off her hair to raise money in memory of her best friend, who died after a battle with cancer.
Lilli Hayward, 17, from Fernhurst, will today (February 7) be donating some of her hair to The Little Princess Charity.
The hair she donates will be used to make wigs for cancer stricken children.
A former Midhurst Rother College student, Lilli is now at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford.
Her best friend Josie was just 14 years old when she died.
“On February 7, I am donating around 46cm of my hair to The Little Princess Trust charity, so that it can be made into a wig for children experiencing hair loss due to their illness,” Lilli told The Observer.
“I wanted to give a child back some normality so they can feel confident and proud of themselves.
“I’ve been growing my hair for a long time but over the last two years have decided that I would like to donate it on the anniversary that my best friend lost her battle with cancer, four years ago.
“I have been doing the Race for Life ever since, to raise as much money and awareness for Cancer Research UK as possible.
“Also I had a work experience placement with Dreams Come True charity, which was both rewarding and enjoyable.
“I would like to gain as much publicity as I can, and find people to support me on my journey and have set up a Just Giving page to collect sponsors for my hair donation, at www.justgiving.com/Lilli-Hayward.
“I am having my hair cut at my hairdresser’s home salon in Fernhurst and I will give my sponsorship money to Children With Cancer Fund who helped my best friend when she was ill.
“Josie had a rare kind of cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma, this form of cancer mostly effects male teenagers.
“She was ill for ten months before she passed away on February 7, 2010.
“We were both thirteen years old, our birthdays are exactly a week apart.
“We also grew up together and she truly was, and will always be my best friend.
“There is a picture of us both on my Just Giving page, at my eighth birthday party and also a picture of me now that shows how long my hair is. I am so pleased and overwhelmed that I have raised £409.34 so far.”
Monica Glass from the Little Princess Trust said: “I would like to thank Lilli sincerely for her wonderful donation. Support such as this is invaluable.
“Her hair will form part of a wig for a child in the UK currently suffering with cancer. We are so grateful for her wonderful contribution.”