TEENAGER Morgan Hines is to shave off her long auburn locks to give to little girls who have lost their hair through cancer.
The kind-hearted 14-year-old Cowplain Community School pupil was so moved by her mother’s cancer fight, and subsequent hair loss, that she wanted to show her support and join the battle against the disease herself.
From her home in Sorrel Close, Waterlooville, on Saturday her mane will be cut to just an inch and made into a stylish crop.
She said: ‘I watched my mum go through it and watched her lose her hair.
‘I realised how important her hair really was to her.
‘My hair will always grow back but there are other little girls out there whose hair won’t grow back so I thought I could do something to help them and put a smile on their faces.
‘I’m really excited.’
Morgan’s mum Kerry, 37, is undergoing treatment for a rare cancer called cutaneous T cell lymphoma which caused open sores and made her very unwell.
Unfortunately she is not the only one in the family to suffer.
Five family members and close friends have been diagnosed with cancer in the past few years, including Morgan’s grandmother Jean Wilson and grandfather Dave Hines.
Mrs Hines, a mother of four, said she couldn’t be prouder of her daughter for taking such a big step.
She said: ‘Morgan is so mature and aware. We are a very open family and believe if the kids ask questions we should tell them the truth, it helps them to understand.
‘The children were very close to my mother and father-in-law and they saw them deteriorate.
‘They know the world isn’t full of rainbows and unicorns but Morgan is doing her bit to make it a more positive place and help cancer research. I really couldn’t be prouder of her.’
A family friend will cut Morgan’s hair on Saturday in the privacy of her home as her mum doesn’t not want her to feel under pressure in a salon.
The money she raises will go to Cancer Research and her hair will go to the Little Princess Trust.
To support Morgan go to justgiving.com/Morgan-Hines.