Teenager Charlie Meadows has had her luscious locks lopped off in memory of her mum.
Caroline Meadows lost her fight against ovarian cancer three years ago when she was just 47.
Now Charlie, 16, has had her long blonde hair cut off to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Friends and family watched as hairdressers clipped off her locks on Sunday on what would have been her mum’s 50th birthday.
“My hair is very important to me and I wanted to do something drastic,” said Charlie, who lives in Eastern Avenue with her dad Royston and eight brothers and sisters, including her twin Carolynne.
“It was an important day for us as mum would have been 50 so I thought it would be a good idea to do something positive on her birthday.”
Charlie’s hair was cut by Danielle Gillespie at Danniee Gees Hair Salon in Tredworth Road.
The teenager’s friends and family have been sponsoring her fundraising stunt.
She is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for the charity.
“I wasn’t nervous before I had it done,” said Charlie.
“Afterwards it kicked in and I feel quite lost without my hair now to be honest but I don’t regret it.”
Before Caroline died she made it clear she wanted all women over 40 to be offered a blood test which detects proteins produced by the cancer.
She also wanted women to see a doctor if they displayed symptoms related to the disease.
Charlie hopes her challenge will raise awareness about ovarian cancer.
“Anything that raises awareness about the disease is a good thing and may prevent other families from going through this,” said Charlie.