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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Carlisle woman's cropped top makes sense for children

Kind-hearted Lindsay Hodgson has gone to dramatic lengths to help children affected by cancer.

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Lindsay Hodgson with stylist Loran Dalton

The 28-year-old, from Scotby Gardens, Carlisle, volunteered to have her immaculate long locks chopped short as part of a new campaign. The hair she has had cut off will now be used to make a wig for a youngster who has lost their hair through cancer treatment.

Lindsay, assistant manager at The Body Shop in Carlisle, wanted to support the Strong – Hair Donate campaign.

Launched a month ago by Carlisle’s Sam Clementson, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and breast cancer survivor Sandra Jones, it aims to encourage individuals and hairdressers across Cumbria to donate hair to the Little Princess Trust.

It then uses the donations to make free real-hair wigs for children with cancer.

Sandra set up her business Wigsense following her own cancer battle and more recently launched new cancer charity the Odyssey Foundation.

She was nominated by The Body Shop as a local hero and invited to officially open the Carlisle store following a recent refurbishment.

Lindsay said all the staff are keen to support her work, which is why she decided to sacrifice her long hair.

“As soon as I heard about the campaign I just said I’d be willing to donate my hair. I just wanted to support it,” she told the News & Star.

Lindsay had her hair cut and styled to shoulder length by Loran Dalton from Toni & Guy. But instead of having it done in the salon, she agreed to have it cut in store on Saturday to help raise awareness.

She added: “It was about eight weeks ago when I said I’d do it but when it came to it I was actually a bit nervous. The last time I had it shorter was when I was about 14. I was scared but it feels lovely. Really light. It’s worth it for the cause.”

Sandra thanked Lindsay for taking such a bold step.

“I think it’s really inspirational. As soon as she heard about the Hair Donate campaign she wanted to support it. She had such lovely long hair but was determined to go for it and it looks great shorter. She’s fantastic,” she said.

Body Shop manager Carol Perry added: “It’s created a lot of interest for both the Odyssey Foundation and the hair campaign.”

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