Trainee Boots dispenser Yukari Ikeda-Szczypka has always hated cutting her long dark hair.
But when her much-loved mum lost hers following chemotherapy, the 25-year-old from Marsh Farm decided to follow suit – and donate the proceeds to The Little Princess Trust.
The charity makes wigs for children whose hair has fallen out as a result of illness or cancer treatment.
Yukari admitted before the big chop she was feeling anxious “and a little bit sick” about losing her crowning glory but on the day was delighted that she had more than 18 inches to offer the Trust.
She and colleagues Martin Copping and Paul Stanners – who volunteered for a stationary ride and leg waxing – also collected more than £1,456 for the charity.
Yukari’s mum Trudy – a Southend support teacher – said afterwards: “This means so much to me and I am so proud of my daughter.”