A SCHOOLGIRL has braved the shave for Macmillan and young people affected by hairloss by donating her locks to the Little Princess Trust to be turned into a wig.

Connie Parham's armpit-length hair was shaved down to a number seven for those people with cancer and other chronic illnesses who have lost or are unable to grow their hair back, she explained.

Doing so has raised £200 for Macmillan cancer support already with help also from Pier Avenue Baptist Church, having originally set just a £10 target.

Reflecting on her bold new look, she said: "I'm quite happy with it but I'm still getting used to the fact that I've not got a lot of hair.

"When it was being cut I felt gobsmacked. I didn't believe it was happening.

"I didn't actually see it while it was being done. My sister lent me her phone but I couldn't see much."

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Prior to the big chop, the Alton Park Junior School pupil, of Clacton, was unfazed by her upcoming makeover.

She said: "I was very excited, a bit nervous too but I was looking forward to it, and more excited than worried.

"My aunt had cancer and also someone I know has braved the shave.

"I'd just like to help those people who have cancer and can't grow their hair back."

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Connie does not see her auntie Sam, from Bedford, very often, but their regular contact on the phone, plus having known people who died of cancer gave her a "bee in her bonnet," mum Miriam, of Clacton, said.

At first she wanted to go bald but with style advice from mum and dad, Connie, ten, settled on a longer do.

Mum-of-two Miriam said: "The last time Connie's hair was short was as a toddler.

"Cancer isn't something we talk about a lot but she's aware of it, and has been a woman on a mission.

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"My hair is almost at shoulder-length and I think I might grow it now because it's such a great cause. The more wigs the Little Princess Trust get, the better."

The aspiring Labour politician's next endeavour is raising money for homeless people at an upcoming rally in London.

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