A UTTOXETER teenager is preparing to sacrifice her long locks for a charity helping her best friend in her battle against cancer.
Cara Mathews will have her head shaved for the Teenage Cancer Trust after witnessing first-hand how the charity has supported her friend Eleanor Oldroyd, of Tean, as she fights sarcoma.
The 17-year-old, who is studying psychology, design technology, religious studies and performance studies, will undergo her transformation at Thomas Alleyne’s High School at lunchtime on April 9, which is Eleanor’s 17th birthday.
Liz Astle, of the HC Group, in Uttoxeter, will come into the school to shave Cara’s head.
Cara said: “I decided I wanted to do something to help after I went to see Eleanor in hospital and she was upset as it is difficult when you are in hospital on your own.
“I don’t want Eleanor to feel like she is on her own as she had no choice about losing her hair.”
Cara told the Advertiser that since Eleanor was provided with a wig by the charity it has given her friend more confidence to go out and enjoy herself on her better days.
She said: “I am nervous but excited about having my head shaved as I know it will cheer Eleanor up but I’m nervous as I don’t think bold is an easy look to pull off.”
Eleanor was diagnosed with sarcoma in January and has to undergo four days of the strongest chemotherapy available in Birmingham.
So far Cara has raised £500 through sponsorship for the charity and has set herself the target of raising £1,000 to help the cancer trust continue to fund 26 teenage cancer wings across the country, human hair wigs, volunteers to talk to friends and schools among its services.
The teen will donate 80 per cent of the money she raises to the trust with 20 per cent going to a World Challenge trip where pupils help transform the lives of people living in Borneo.
She will also donate her hair to The Little Princess Trust to transform it into wigs for other sufferers.
Anyone wanting to donate to the cause is asked to visit www.justgiving.co.uk/Cara-Mathews1 All just giving donations will go to the cancer trust.
Cara added: “I want to thank everyone who has sponsored me already.”