PUTTING 23 inches of her own hair into an envelope and sending it off in the post was a surreal experience for Jenni Aspley.
But it also gave her a sense of satisfaction as she knew her act of kindness would one day bring a smile to a child battling cancer.
The 24-year-old mum-of-one has been growing her locks for many years.
But, with one snip, she had short hair.
Jenni decided to have most of her hair cut off to help the Little Princess Trust, which provides real-hair wigs to boys and girls across the country who lose their own hair while undergoing chemotherapy.
Jenni, who works at Ladbrokes in North Street, Havant, had the charity haircut at Browns salon in Havant.
‘I saw an article in The News a few months ago,’ said Jenni, who lives in Chidham Drive, Havant.
‘I thought it was a lovely idea and I could do that as I have lots of hair.
‘I have always had long hair growing up.
‘It’s never been short and this is the shortest it’s been.
‘It was quite nerve-wracking but it also quite exciting to have a new look and do something good.’
Jenni said she attracted a few laughs from colleagues as she walked around Havant town centre with her hair in a plastic bag.
‘It was very strange,’ said Jenny.
‘Everyone thought it was really funny. I felt proud of myself.’
Jenni raised £315 on her online donations page and has a target of £350 – which is the amount needed to make and fit a wig.
Jenni, who is mum to two-year-old Cassi, said having a child encouraged her to help the charity.
‘Hopefully nothing like that would ever happen,’ she said.
‘But if it did I would want her to be as happy as possible.’
It was only after her charity stunt that Jenni found out one of her close friends had had cancer as a child and received one of the wigs.
‘It came full circle,’ said Jenni.
To help Jenni’s fundraising visit justgiving.com/jenshaircut.