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Upminster pupils raise more than £1,400 by donating their hair to children with cancer

PUBLISHED: 10:11 19 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:18 19 November 2018

Before and after Jenna Cavanagh and Naomi McCarthy had their hair cut in Upminster to raise money for Children with Cancer UK. Photo: Rayna McCarthy

Before and after Jenna Cavanagh and Naomi McCarthy had their hair cut in Upminster to raise money for Children with Cancer UK. Photo: Rayna McCarthy

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Childhood friends were delighted when they more than tripled their target to raise funds for Children with Cancer UK with a special haircut in Upminster.

Jerry, Saturday girl at the hairdressers, Jenna Cavanagh, Mark Sargeant owner at Halo Hairdressers, Naomi McCarthy and Maddie, another Saturday girl at Halo Hairdressers in Upminster. Photo: Rayna McCarthyJerry, Saturday girl at the hairdressers, Jenna Cavanagh, Mark Sargeant owner at Halo Hairdressers, Naomi McCarthy and Maddie, another Saturday girl at Halo Hairdressers in Upminster. Photo: Rayna McCarthy

Naomi McCarthy, 13, from River Drive and Jenna Cavanagh, 13, from Esdaile Gardens in Upminster, donated their hair to the Little Princess Trust on Saturday, November 17.

They also raised money for Children with Cancer UK, as both girls have experience of Leukaemia and cancer within their families.

Naomi said it was “unrealistic” thinking about how much money they had raised.

Jenna Cavanagh and Naomi McCarthy after having their haircut at Halo Hairdressers in Upminster to raise money for Children with Cancer UK. Photo: Rayna McCarthyJenna Cavanagh and Naomi McCarthy after having their haircut at Halo Hairdressers in Upminster to raise money for Children with Cancer UK. Photo: Rayna McCarthy

“It’s great that other people care about [the charity] too and that they’re willing to support us,” she said.

The girls met at nursery and formed a strong bond at Engayne Primary school in Severn Drive. Despite being at different secondary schools, Hall Mead School and Coopers’ Coborn and Coborn School in Upminster, they remain close friends with similar interests in sports.

Mark Sargeant at Halo Hairdressers in Station Road, Upminster, cut their hair for free to support the girls with their charitable efforts.

Naomi and Jenna more than tripled their target of £200 to raise £1,425 for their charities.

To support the girls, visit their donation page.

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