A TRAINEE hairdresser has lost her crowning glory to raise funds for a cause close to her heart.

Hannah Smith from Parkstone, who studies at Bournemouth and Poole College at the Lansdowne Campus, has raised £530 in sponsorship by having her head shaved.

The 18-year-old plucked up the courage for her close shave in a bid to boost the coffers of Cancer Research UK, in memory of her grandfather Eric who died from cancer. Eric’s wife, Hannah’s grandmother Valerie Richardson is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.

Hannah said: “I know other people whose lives have been affected by cancer and wanted to raise as much money as possible; particularly for my grandparents.”

The part-time balloon decorator, who has her sights firmly set on a hairdressing career, added: “I had an audience for the shave. My mum, brother and sister were all there to witness the event, as well as students and teachers.

“It’s a bit of a shock to the system but, apart from being a bit cold, I’ve no regrets. I decided to go for a grade four and I’ve got two hats on today.

“Everyone thought I was mad, including my boyfriend Aaron but I was determined to make a difference.”

Hannah, who is planning to continue her fundraising drive by taking part in this year’s Race for Life. To support Hannah go to justgiving .com/hannah mmith0703