A BUTCHER has gone for the chop to raise funds for a charity which provides wigs for children who have lost their hair through illness.

Melanie Wright, from Foxes Butchers in Malton, had been growing her hair for six years when she decided it was time for a drastic trim.

“I hadn’t had a hair cut since 2012 so it was fairly long,” Melanie said.

“My niece, Steph Bean, who owns Luxe hair salon in Malton, was always trying to persuade me to get it cut so I finally decided the time had come.”

Melanie said: “After growing my hair for so long I didn’t want it to go to waste and when I heard about the Little Princess Trust I though it would be perfect to help raise funds for.”

The Little Princess Trust provides free real hair wigs to children and young people, who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.

Melanie said her hair had been divided into four plaits and then cut off to shoulder length.

“The first thing I noticed was how cold it was round my neck so I’ve had to start wearing a scarf,” she added.

“My husband, Gary, seems to like it but he did ask why I hadn’t done it in the summer.”

Melanie added: “It is definitely a lot easier to look after and more manageable, so I quite like it short, however I might grow it again for such a good cause.”

Melanie is also collecting sponsorship for the Little Princess Trust to send to the charity with her braided hair.

“Thanks to all those who have donated so far,” she said.

“I am really happy with my new look and hopefully something good can come out of it as well.”

Anyone who would like to support her can do so at Foxes Butchers in Market Place.