Louise Sherborne had her long locks shaved off to raise enough money to send a family away on holiday.
The mum-of-three was devastated when she discovered a close friend’s husband had terminal cancer.
She decided to do something attention-grabbing to raise cash to send them away as a family and settled on lopping off her silky, strawberry-blonde mane.
Louise, 33, of Morley Crescent, Cowplain, went for the chop at Wonderful Hair, in Waterlooville.
She said: ‘I actually felt really, really sick and wondered briefly why on earth I was doing it.
‘The hairdresser got on with it quickly and I realised there was no going back.
‘I had knee surgery last year so I couldn’t do a run or a walk so I did this.
‘I’ve raised well over £1,000 now and half of it will go to Cancer Research and the other half to my friend’s family.
‘They are going through a very tough time and they don’t know what the future holds so they deserve some time away to create some wonderful memories together.’
Louise has given the hair to the children’s cancer charity the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children.