HIP-length hair has been styled into a chic bob now Emma De’Ath has followed through on her promise to go short for girls suffering with cancer.

Back in September Ms De’Ath, 37, pledged to follow in her teenage daughter Jade’s footsteps and brave the hairdresser’s chair.

Less than £100 short of her £5,000 fundraising target for the Little Princess Trust, a charity which makes wigs for children suffering the effects of cancer treatment, a terrified Ms De’Ath has finally donated her 16ins ponytail.

Her second fundraising event at Blowers Hair and Beauty salon in Colchester ended with the new do, which feels odd to the former Rapunzel.

The mum-of-four said: “I’m still not used to it.

“I’ve not had my hair cut this short for about 25 years. Everyone keeps saying it looks great and I look younger and Jade keeps complimenting me.


Transformed - Emma De'Ath with daughter Jade

“I thought it’d take longer to reach £5,000 so I’m really impressed. People have been brilliant and by the time we hit our targets we will have raised enough money for about 15 wigs.”

“On the day we raised an amazing £1,379. There was a lot of support from Blowers’ regular customers but also a lot of Jade’s friends who got their hair done.”

Jade De’Ath, 16, hopes to brave a skydive this summer.

Fundraising has motivated all the family with Jade also backing the campaign for Breya Ward, whose parents need £250,000 to send the two-year-old to the US for life-saving treatment against a rare stomach cancer.

To donate to the De’Ath’s page, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Emma-De-Ath.