A VISIT to the hairdresser's is a routine activity for many people.
But Kelly Thewlis's flowing locks are living proof she has never sat in a salon chair.
Now Kelly, 21, of Elder Grove, Netherton, is preparing to give up her crowning glory to raise money for the Martin House Children's Hospice, near Wetherby.
Kelly's 16-year-old brother Richard, who is severely handicapped, has been a regular visitor to Martin House over the last five years.
Mum Donna explained: "We have all seen the care and dedication which the staff at Martin House give to the children who visit there. It's the best place ever.
"Kelly has seen babies and children being looked after there and it has just touched her.
"She had the idea of doing a sponsored haircut. She has never been to the hairdresser's before and has never had her hair professionally cut - I've just given her trims at home."
Kelly, who hopes to train to be a nurse, has just landed a job as a care assistant after completing her studies at Huddersfield Technical College.
People can sponsor her by an amount per inch of hair she has cut off, or with a fixed sum.
Kelly said: "It's going to be different having my hair cut, but I'm not worried about it.
"I'm just happy to be able to raise money for a good cause."
Her hair, which will be cut on August 15 at Toni and Guy, John William Street, Huddersfield, will be sold to a wig-maker and it is hoped that it will be used for a person who has lost their hair through illness.
Julie Henderson, community fundraiser at Martin House, said: "Kelly has her own special reasons for supporting Martin House and we are all touched by her thoughtfulness.
"We hope as many people as possible will be able to help by sending donations no matter how large or small."
Anyone who would like to support Kelly can send cheques to Julie Henderson, Kelly's Campaign, Martin House, Grove Road, Clifford, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS23 6TX.