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Jesse loses long hair for cancer patients

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: August 09, 2012

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A Westfield teenager inspired by a family member's battle with cancer has had the long hair he spent 12 years growing cut off for two charities.

Seventeen-year-old Jesse Lines first began growing his blond hair as a child and as the years went by the thick wavy hair grew longer and longer.

But after watching a close family member fight cancer he decided he wanted to help others with the disease by donating his eight inch pony tail to a charity which supplies wigs for children.

The teenager, who is studying sports and performance at Bath College, said: "If families have to buy a real hair wig it can cost them up to £3,000 so my hair will mean at least one child who has lost their hair can have a wig free of charge.

"I wanted to do whatever I could to show my support to charities that help people whose lives have been torn apart by cancer."

Jesse had his hair cut by Anne Cottle at Hair Razor, in Radstock, who opened the salon on Sunday to give Jesse the chop free.

His hair will be donated to The Little Princess Trust, a charity dedicated to providing specialist wigs for child cancer sufferers. It was launched in 2006 and has helped more than 1,200 boys and girls.

Jesse has also been raising money for Cancer Research UK and thanks to friends, family and supporters has raised £250.

He added: "It took about an hour to cut it all off and there were times when I was cringing a bit but it was good fun as a few of my friends and family were there to cheer me along.

"Everyone has said I look a lot better and I am finally getting used to it now. It is definitely quicker in the shower and I only had to use a little bit of shampoo."

To sponsor Jesse call him on 07501 264930.

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