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Brave Sheffield teenager snips off locks for chairty

Genesia with her plait.

Genesia with her plait.

 

A Sheffield teenager has braved the hair clippers to donate her long locks to a children’s cancer charity.

Genesia Kalsi underwent the close shave in front of friends and family at the Malin Bridge Inn, Sheffield, as part of a fundraising night to raise money for Target Ovarian Cancer.

The 17-year-old’s hair was plaited before being snipped off and donated to the Little Princess Trust, which uses hair to make wigs for children with cancer.

Genesia, from Hillsborough, decided to have her had shaved in memory of her grandmother, Jean Knight, who died from ovarian cancer three years ago.

She also wanted to show woman are attractive with or without hair.

Genesia said: “I’ve wanted to shave my hair for years, but have never been brave enough because I knew I would struggle with it – as do thousands of girls that are diagnosed with cancer each year.

“I also wanted to prove I’m not defined by my hair and that a woman can still be feminine with out it.

“I’d like to say thanks to all those who supported me, including Jill Marston-Revitt, from the pub, who was a star in helping the event come together.”

The fundraising evening, which raised £1,000, featured a raffle and barbecue as well as live music.

Genesia, who attends High Storrs School, Sheffield, is still collecting sponsorship for the head shave via her Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/genesiakalsi –so far she’s raised almost £2,000.

 

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