A schoolgirl who was inspired by popstar Jessie J’s charity headshave will follow in her footsteps.
Libby Shepherd’s grandad Henry McGowan was cared for by East Lancashire Hospice before he died in 2008.
The 13-year-old Mount Carmel RC High School pupil is now set to have her head shaved in memory of her grandad and in a bid to raise money for the hospice.
Libby’s mum Joanne said her daughter had the idea after watching Comic Relief.
Joanne said: “To be honest I wasn’t in agreement and said she could only go through with it if she reached £500 in donations.
“I thought this was an unachievable target, and it would all blow over but in the first 24 hours Libby raised £130.”
She added: “I was hoping that her headteacher would not agree to her hair being so short too, but he said he thought it was a great idea when Libby asked him and discussed holding the event in school and charging people to watch the spectacle.
“I have yet to confirm this with the headteacher, Mr Bowers, but we’re hoping it will happen on the last day of term, May 24.
“I’ve come around to the idea now. She’s very strong-minded and I’m so proud of my brave and beautiful daughter.”
Libby swims with Pioneer 79 ASC, plays football for Great Harwood U13s and takes part in triathlons, biathlons and pentathlons.
The 13-year-old has always saved up her loose change in charity collection boxes since her grandad's death but wanted to do more for the hospice.
She is hoping to donate her locks to a children’s cancer trust that make wigs.
Hospice events fundraiser Denise Gee paid tribute to the youngster.
She added: “At an image-conscious age, it’s a really brave fundraising challenge to undergo. We’re delighted that Libby’s mum and her school are supporting her in raising funds to help.”
To sponsor Libby and help her reach her £500 goal you can go to www.justgiving.com/teams/shaveashep