A teenager has raised more than £2,000 after shaving her head in memory of her little sister who lost a battle with cancer at the age of three.
Shannon Knighton, 13, of Irthlingborough raised the magnificent sum of £2,100 for Chelsea’s Angels, the charity set up to raise more awareness of childhood cancer as a tribute to her sister Chelsea.
The headshave took place on Monday, September 9, which would have been Chelsea’s eighth birthday, at Through The Looking Glass hair salon in High Street, Irthlingborough.
Shannon said: “I wanted to do this because there are children with cancer out there with no hair and I thought it would be nice to give them my hair as they would appreciate it more than I do.
“It was a good opportunity to raise funds for my sister’s charity to help other children with cancer and also awareness that childhood cancer does exist.
“I’m happy and proud that my hair is going to make another child smile.”
Shannon’s mum Emma Knighton said: “I felt proud of my daughter for wanting to do something so brave and selfless as to give her hair up at her age where hair is important to a 13-year-old girl and very emotional that Shannon wanted to honour her sister in this way.”
Chelsea lost her battle with the rare childhood cancer Neuroblastoma in August 2009.
The family set up the charity to help children diagnosed with the condition and other rare cancers.
Shannon’s friend Alex Tomlin, 13, from Rushden, is also going to lose her locks for Chelsea’s Angels on Sunday, September 15, at Higham Ferrers Working Men’s Club.
There will be a buffet, disco and raffle between midday and 5pm.
To donate, text ‘ALEX15 £5’ to 70070 or visit www.chelseasangels.co.uk.