A TEN-year-old girl took the plunge this week and had more than a foot of her hair chopped off to be donated to charity.

Kelsey Dawson ‘braved the shave’ at Brootherhood Barbers on Laithes Lane where a whopping 18 inches of hair was cut off in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Kelsey decided she wanted to make the drastic change when she saw a little girl with no hair on a bus, and knew she wanted to help.

“She was so excited in the days leading up to the chop,” said Kelsey’s mum, Bev Taylor. “I think her hair just got too long for her - it used to touch the base of her back - and she was looking forward to the change.

“She’s got lovely hair so I think it will make a lovely wig for someone who needs it.

“She came out of the hair dressers and she said that her head felt light and she keeps touching her short hair - but it looks lovely.”

Kelsey has raised £500.