AFTER making donations to a children’s charity for 20 years, Tracey Ford wanted her next fundraiser to be a little more adventurous.
The 39-year-old from Fareham shaved her hair off to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, in London.
Her hair will be donated to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes wigs for children with cancer.
Tracey said it was a whirlwind of emotions when the date finally arrived.
She said: ‘I was looking forward to it on the Friday but when it came to Saturday morning, I was really nervous.
‘I felt numb at the thought of it but as it got closer to the chop I was excited again.
‘Then on Sunday, I got a little upset because your hair is a big part of your identity.
‘So there were a lot of mixed emotions.’
Tracey will turn 40 later this year and she added it was now or never.
‘I’m starting to go slightly grey now so this was my only chance to donate my hair, ‘ she said.
‘Plus, I thought it would be nice to start over and just let it grow. It was quite long and I had been growing it for years.
‘It was both a hard and easy decision to donate my hair to someone who needs it more than me.’
Tracey has done a lot a charity work for Great Ormond Street and other organisations.
But she wanted to pick a charity that meant a lot to her.
She added: ‘I wanted to donate my hair to the Little Princess Trust because my mum died of lung cancer seven years ago.
‘I thought it would be nice to do it for them.’
Tracey had her head shaved at Nirvana Hair Salon in West Street, Fareham.
So far, she has managed to raise over £350 with more collections still coming in.
She said: ‘This time, I wanted to do something a little more extreme.
‘Last year, I did a charity event for Sport Relief but didn’t manage to raise much money.
‘Doing something like shaving your hair attracts people’s attention.
‘I think some people didn’t think that I would go through with it but now I have, they are making donations.’
She added that she has had a lot of support from friends and family who encouraged her when she felt nervous.
Donations can still be made to Tracey by visiting justgiving.com/Tracey-Ford6