July 2016: Emilie loses locks for charity

SELFLESS student Emilie Brewster had her waist-length hair cut to make a wig for a child fighting cancer and raised £500.

In front of the whole of Year 10 at Haslingden High School, the 15-year-old had her hair sectioned into four plaits before her mum Sarah Heys used scissors to cut the first one.

Her friends Molly Corless, Beth Bibby and Kaitlyn Whitehead then cut the remaining three.

Emilie, from Helmshore, has been growing her hair all her life and had never had it short. She shed a tear while her hair was being cut and afterwards said it felt weird.

Emilie said: “My great-grandmother June Brewster has cancer. She has refused any treatment because the doctors said an operation would only remove about half of the tumour.

“She is a very brave lady so I thought I would be too. I have always had long hair so it was a big thing for me to decide to have it cut short.

“It gives me a really good feeling though to know that someone else who is suffering will now be able to have something that we all take for granted.”

The Little Princess Trust will use the hair to make a real wig for a child who has lost their hair though cancer.

June, 83, from Skipton, was given a year to live, 18 months ago.

Sarah said: “I am very proud of my daughter; she is really brave. I would never be able to do this and especially not at 15 years old. It is a massive thing.”

At the school’s Charity Day Emilie and her friends raised £200 and a further £300 was raised through her online Just Giving page. The money is also going to be sent to The Little Princess Trust.

Emilie got a huge round of applause from the students who were watching as her hair was being cut.