Lauren Kew’s world was turned upside down after her dad, Steve, died.
Now she’s going to do something special for the team of staff that helped care for him.
Lauren, 16, of Devonshire Avenue, Southsea, will get her long blonde hair shaved off in aid of Solent Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre, in Hewett Road, North End, Portsmouth.
She’s getting her locks, which are more than 19 inches long, chopped off at Barbers@231, in Albert Road, Southsea, on July 22.
People will be encouraged to come along on the day and donate.
Speaking about how she’s feeling, Lauren says: ‘I’m nervous but excited because if I can do such a small thing and make such a big difference then that is quite exciting.
‘I wanted to do something – something that was a bit different.’
Lauren, who recently finished at Priory School, in Southsea, hopes to raise £1,500 – she already has £700 towards that total.
More money is due to be collected from the school.
‘MS is not a very well-known illness,’ she says.
‘The centre is self-funded and it needs all the funding it can get.’
Lauren says losing her dad three years ago was a traumatic time in her life.
‘It was extremely hard for the family,’ she explains.
‘He needed looking after. It wasn’t nice at all, but he always managed to stay strong.
‘It was a horrible, horrible time but now I want to do something that will make him proud.
‘Everyone has been understanding of why I want to do this and the fact that I’m doing it for a good cause.
‘I don’t think getting my hair cut will bother me.’
‘I hope to carry on fundraising once I have done this.
‘I’ve got a few small ideas but hopefully I can come up with something that’s as big as this.’
Lauren says her dad was a great man who enjoyed music.
‘He was a very, very good guitarist and singer,’ she says.
‘He had a really good sense of humour.’
Lauren’s sister Jasmine 21, did the Cardiff Half Marathon last year for The MS Society.
Lauren’s mum, Cathy, says: ‘I am very, very proud of Lauren for doing this.
‘I would definitely support her to do more.
‘The centre is always looking for ways to raise money.
‘It’s nice that the money will be going back locally.
‘Lauren said she wanted to do something that would benefit local families.’
For more information about the centre, visit smstherapycentre.org.uk
To donate contact on (023) 9269 9116.