A mum confronted an irrational fear when she sacrificed her hair to help youngsters fighting cancer.
Steph Bowker, 24, of Birdsedge, had her long brunette locks cropped into a stylish bob for the Little Princess Trust which turns real hair into wigs.
However it was something of a trial for mum-of-one Steph, who had vowed never to cut her hair short again after a disastrous trip to the hairdressers at the age of 10.
The charity sends hair donated from around the UK to China to be made into wigs, which are then given to children back home for free.
Steph, who has a seven-month-old son Riley, said: “It’s something that I’ve been terrified of doing for such a long time because when I last had my hair cut short it looked like a massive bird’s nest!
“But then I was watching ITV’s This Morning and saw an interview with the trust, and realised what a difference donated human hair can make to children who are suffering from hair loss as a result of cancer treatment.
“I’d never thought about it before but watching it after having my own son moved me so much that I wanted to do something to help.
“If it was my child, I’d want someone to be willing to give up their own hair and help bring a little bit of respite to what is a very distressing and upsetting situation.”
Steph booked an appointment at the Hair Shop in Denby Dale and braved the scissors just two weeks later, where 10 inches of hair was cropped.
“I was so nervous but it went really well,” said Steph. “I then popped the hair in the post and sent it recorded delivery to the charity.
“It was a really good feeling and the thought of improving the life of a little boy or girl who’s undergoing all this treatment is nice. I just hope that my hair makes the grade.”
Steph has raised £300 and has a fundraising page. To donate go to https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/stephbowkerhairdonation