POPSTAR Jessie J is the inspiration for one kind-hearted Stratford mum who is cutting off her long hair to make a wig for children fighting cancer.
Yvette Byrne had never cut her hair short and said she ‘loved’ her long blonde locks.
But the 45-year-old decided to snip eight inches off her hair in a bid to raise money and make a wig for children’s cancer wig-making charity Little Princess Trust.
Mum-of-one Yvette said: “I had thought about having it cut for a while but have never been brave enough. I think this is such a worthwhile cause and is just the right thing to do.
“I was absolutely terrified as I had always had long hair but for children who are losing their hair during cancer treatment must be terrible.”
The Stratford District Council accountancy assistant had her hair cut on Monday (October 27) at Snips hairdressers in Shrieves Walk.
And it wasn’t a decision taken lightly.
Yvette first had the idea as she and her son took part in the Shakespeare Hospice’s colour blast run at the end of September.
And after she discovered Jessie J had her hair cut for the same charity she finally plucked up the confidence to face the hairdressing chair.
She said: “Jessie J had her hair cut off for the Little Princess Trust as part of Children in Need and I think after the run we had the charity bug. And cancer is so close to home for everyone, most people know someone who has or is being affected by cancer.
“If fund-raising helps a little, even if it is just my hair, then it’s worth it.”
She hopes to raise £350 for the charity along with donating her hair – which is enough to pay for and make one wig.
Visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/yvettebyrne to donate.