Teen lops locks to pay for trip

Hair Raising: Lady Manners pupil Darcy Rae and her mother Lindsay pictured  before she has her hair shorn to raise money for her trip to Malawi.
Hair Raising: Lady Manners pupil Darcy Rae and her mother Lindsay pictured before she has her hair shorn to raise money for her trip to Malawi.
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A BRAVE teenager is saying goodbye to her long locks in a bid to raise cash for a trip of a lifetime.

Sixteen-year-old Darcy Rae, of Bakewell, plans to transform her wavy mane into a sleek pixie cut in order to raise the £3,000 needed to go to Malawi on a World Challenge Expedition.

The Lady Manners School pupil will then be donating her hair to Little Princesses Trust - a charity which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer treatment.

Darcy said she got the idea to cut off her hair from a boy at her school who shaved his head to raise money for the trip.

“I thought that was a good idea to do it as well,” she said

“I’ve never really had my hair short.

“I’m a little bit nervous but I’m excited more than anything.”

Darcy said it made her feel good to know her hair would go to a good cause once it was cut.

“I’m doing it for two different causes and helping girls that have lost their hair so it’s really good to know it’s going to a good place instead of just going in the bin,” she said.

The trip to Malawi will be taking place over three weeks in July next year.

Darcy said: “The opportunity came up in one of my school assemblies.

“It sounded like such a good experience.

“It’s going to be the longest I have ever been away from home and it’s really far away as well, but I’m excited.”

Darcy will go for the chop at Salon One, in Buxton, on April 13.

Anyone wishing to sponsor her can do so by emailing malawi.darcy@gmail.com.