A Leyland teenager who offered to have her long locks chopped off in memory of her best friend has made her family proud.
Lauren Marie Williams, 15, of Merlin Grove, and a pupil at St Mary’s Catholic Technology College, has raised more than £1,300 for Derian House Children’s Hospice.
Her childhood friend Jamie Turner sadly lost his battle with medullablastoma, a brain cancer,in August this year, at the Chorley hospice.
Money is still flooding in from Lauren’s brave feat, and her beautiful long hair has also been donated to a charity which makes wigs for little girls suffering from cancer.
Lauren’s mum, Manjit, said: “Lauren was nervous on the day but very determined.
“She had her nails done in the morning so she would still feel girly, and she looks beautiful. Everyone is so proud of her. It’s such a big thing to go through at her age.”
Lauren’s hair was shaved to just a number two at Jonwell Hair Studio on Slater Lane.
“There wasn’t a dry eye in the salon,” Manjit added. “Everyone was thinking of Jamie.
“All Lauren was concerned about was Derian House and the Little Princess Trust. She was so courageous, and two very important charities have benefitted from what she has done.
“She doesn’t regret it at all, and Jamie’s family are also pleased she has done this in his memory.”
Lauren’s target was to raise £1,000, which she has already exceeded.
“It’s a phenomenal amount,” Manjit said. “We really are so proud of her.”
To sponsor Lauren, go to www.justgiving.com/manjit-williams.
- With special thanks to Dave Gilson of Preston FM for the video footage.