PEOPLE react in different ways to the news that a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer – for one mother, she didn’t quite expect her daughter’s reaction.
When Lauren Sadler was told her mother Vicky had breast cancer, she immediately decided to get her hair cut really short to support her mum.
The 20-year-old health care assistant’s hair had previously reached all the way down her back. Her hair had not been cut for nearly four years.
She said: ‘I had butterflies before it was cut, but it is all going towards a great cause.’
Rather than raising money in support of a charity, Lauren has decided to donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust instead.
The charity provides real hair wigs to young children who have cancer across the UK.
The wigs, which would usually cost nearly £400, are made completely with donated hair generously given to the charity.
Lauren said: ‘I didn’t really want to do it to raise money, just to give my hair to go towards making a wig for those children who have cancer. As soon as I found out that my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer it was an immediate decision to get all my hair cut off.
‘I’m going to be shaving mum’s head before she starts chemo, so this was my way of preparing for it.’
Lauren had her hair cut at Hair Ott, at 1000 Lakeside, Portsmouth.
Staff praised her for doing such a brave thing. Hair stylist Lauren Hodges said there was enough hair from the cut to make two wigs.
Lauren Sadler’s mum, a 43-year-old civil servant, said she was so proud of her daughter for being so strong and selfless through everything.
Vicky said: ‘We have always been really close and I’m so proud that she is doing this and for us to be going through this whole thing together.
‘As a mother you always worry about your children, but Lauren has been one of those people who always puts someone else first.’