Maddy braves the shave
Maddy Long before the shave
Shorn - Maddy after the shave
A MANGOTSFIELD teenager whose dad was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer has had her head shaved to raise money for charity.
Madison Long, 16, had her flowing locks removed live on Facebook and Instagram, and is donating them to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young people who have lost their own hair through cancer or other conditions.
Maddy, who is about to start sixth form at St Brendan's College, also decided to collect donations for Macmillan Cancer Support through a fundraising page and had raised more than £1,000 as the Voice went to print.
Last month the Voice reported that Maddy's dad Rich, 49, a wing commander in the RAF, had undergone surgery to remove his prostate after being diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer.
Rich, who has been recovering since the surgery last October, staged an eight-hour 'yogathon' in Page Park in July to raise awareness of the risks of the disease and raised £1,600 for charity Cancer Research.
Maddy said other people had not been as lucky as her dad and she wanted to do something to help them.
She said: "I have been growing my hair for years in order to donate it, and I thought I would go all the way and shave it off to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support as well.
"I am so grateful to everyone that donated – this money will go towards supporting people with the emotional and physical struggles that cancer brings.
"I think I am finally used to the (very) short hair and it has been fun surprising people with it!"
To donate to Maddy's appeal online visit bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/maddy-long.