Fundraisers are a cut above
FIVE ladies from across South West Wales have cut off 48 inches of their hair — and raised £1,500 for charity.
Lyndsay Jenkins, Nia Lambley, Lois Sutton, Clare Jennings and Marie Roberts went under the scissors on Saturday, chopping off their long locks in aid of a charity which makes wigs for sick children.
The Little Princess Trust provides real-hair wigs, free of charge, to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
Mrs Jenkins, of Skewen, said: "I found out about it after a friend did a similar event for the charity last year.
"I decided before my wedding in April that I would do it, and when I was telling people and collecting sponsorship, other friends decided they wanted to do it as well.
"So we decided to do it after Clare's wedding."
Mrs Jenkins said she hadn't ever heard about the charity until another friend went for the chop, but added: "Cancer has affected every one of us in different ways.
"As soon as everyone heard about it, they wanted to join me in it."
The cut, at Elysium Salon, Neath, was provided free of charge.
"We chose Elysium because it's my salon, and every charity event I have done, no matter what it is, they have supported me," added Mrs Jenkins.
"They've also put on some cakes for us and the people who have supported us during the cut."
Owner, Clare Jones, said it was the first time the salon, on Dyfed Road, had taken part in such an event.
"It was a bit of a shock when Lyndsay said she was cutting her long hair short," she said
"But it's an amazing cause — we don't expect any less from Lyndsay, she's fab."
Ms Lambley, of Pontardawe, an officer with South Wales Police, was the first to have her locks chopped — as the force had given her a few hours off during her shift to take part in the charity event.
She saw more than 12 inches of hair chopped, with Lyndsay having exactly 12 inches off.
Next longest was Mrs Jennings, of Birchgrove, who had nine and a half inches of hair cut, followed by Ms Sutton, of Pontardawe with eight inches and Mrs Roberts, of Llandybie with seven inches cut.
In total, the women donated 48.5 inches of hair to the charity, also raising more than £1,500.
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