A hairdresser from Braunton has raised more than £1,000 for charity after shaving her head.

A hairdresser from Braunton has raised more than £1,000 for charity thanks to a show of support for her sister.

Ashleigh Gear decided to shave off her brown locks after her sister Keli lost her hair while undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

After live streaming the event on social media, the 27-year-old almost doubled her total money raised for Cancer Research UK to take her total to £1,000.

Ashleigh, who works in Golds Hair Salon, said she wanted to raise awareness for one of the hardest parts of cancer treatment.

She said: “For women, your hair is your crown; it’s such a major part of our identity and how we express ourselves.

“I think Keli losing her hair was harder than the initial diagnosis, and as her sister I found it difficult.

“The emotional stress behind it is hard, and that’s why I thought I would do it with her.

“The staff at Golds have been amazing in letting me do this.”

Money raised from Ashleigh’s head shave will go to Cancer Research UK.

Her hair will be donated to Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides wigs and hair pieces for children going through cancer treatment.

Ashleigh was joined by Keli, and their mother Donna Everard for the chop.

Ms Everard said: “We only found out about Keli in March, but I am just so proud of my girls - they are so brave.”

Keli, 28, said she was ‘very proud’ of her sister’s efforts.

“She’s been my absolute rock, and I love her to bits,” she said.

To make a donation to Ashleigh, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Ashleigh-Gear

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