A MUM-OF-ONE has had her long locks cut off to raise cash for charity.
Nat Joyce, aged 32, of Leek, usually uses her love of horses to raise cash for charity, but decided this time round to give her four-legged friends a rest and do something herself to raise funds for charity.
The lopping of her long dark hair took place at Scissors in Queens Drive, Leek, on Thursday, with Nat's family and friends on hand for support.
The money she has raised, which is looking to be more than £300, is to be donated to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.
Over the past few years Nat has raised around £1,000 for charity by hosting special events with her two horses, Rosie and Archie, who are kept at Roche House Livery.
One of the events was at Halloween when Nat raised cash for local charity Jo's Dreams.
Nat, who has lived in Leek all her life, said: "I thought I'd give the horses a rest this time.
"I have been growing my hair for the past eight-and-a-half years. The last time I had it this short hair was when I was young."
After hairdresser Rita Mountford had made the drastic chop, Nat: "It has been quite emotional, but it's all for a worthy cause.
"We have had several family members affected by cancer. I lost my uncle, Roy Dowling, last year.
"During his long battle, two Douglas Macmillan hospice nurses visited him in his home up to four times a day.
"They were incredible with my uncle before he died."
Nat, who attended All Saints, St Edward's and then Westwood High schools, works as a carer at Wallhill Residential Care Home. She has so far raised £240 through her sponsored haircut.
Anyone wishing to contribute further to Nat's sponsorship can do so by popping into West Street Meats, West Street, in Leek. Teen has head shaved: Page 4