Neatishead School pupils chop off Genna’s multi-coloured locks for charity close to their hearts
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Schoolchildren paid 50p a time to snip different coloured chunks of hair from a former pupil's head during a poignant charity head shave.
Genna Newman, 19, underwent the challenge at Neatishead Primary School, raising almost £450 for Cancer Research UK - double what she had hoped for.
Genna, who lives in the village, attended the school when she was younger and during that time school secretary Jane Stacey died from breast cancer.
A teaching assistant also died from the disease while Genna's young brother Daniel was a pupil there, and a parent at the school had recently lost her battle with cancer too, according to Genna.
She added that her nan had died from cancer when Genna was 10 and she currently had two friends, aged 18 and 19, who had both been diagnosed with the disease, one of whom was terminally ill.
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Genna said the number of people she knew of who had been affected by cancer had made her decide to raise money for the charity, and the school had seemed a fitting place to stage the stunt.
Genna's dad Gary, who was school caretaker from 2004-2015, carried out the head shave and spectators also had the chance to buy homemade cakes and squash for the cause.
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Genna has not had natural-coloured hair since she was seven, instead sporting all colours of the rainbow. She said her natural colour was 'mousey brown'
A school spokesman said children had been lining up for the chance to chop off a chunk of Genna's hair.
She added: 'They were amazed that she was having it done but it's something very close to several of the children at the school so they could understand why.'