A plucky pensioner plans to shave off her waist-length hair to raise money for a charity that has touched her heart.

It’s only been two months since Elaine Giannone began working as a volunteer in the Northwich charity shop Headway, which is dedicated to improving people’s lives after brain injury, but she’s already come up with a hair-raising idea to show her support.

The 62-year-old, who moved to Barnton village from New York with her late husband David in 1999, decided to raise money for Headway by shaving her head as a mark of solidarity for the people who have to shave their heads before undergoing brain surgery.

It will be a big step for Elaine, whose hair currently reaches the base of her spine and is braided every day.

But she is determined to take the plunge, and members of the public will be able to watch her have her locks shorn outside the Headway charity shop on Leicester Street at 1pm on Saturday September 20.

Elaine said: “People say I don’t act my age and I definitely don’t feel it. After eight years of growing my really long hair - it’s time to do something funky with it. People who are involved in car accidents or sustain other kinds of brain injury often have their heads shaved before undergoing brain surgery. They don’t have a choice - I do. I want to shave my hair as a mark of solidarity for these people.”

She added: “I braid my hair every day and I once grew it down to my knees. Headway is such a worthwhile cause. I am hoping that by hosting my fundraiser outside of the shop it will raise awareness of the work the charity does for families affected by brain injury, as well as encourage people to donate stock for Headway’s charity shop.”

Barber Askin Ozisci who will shave Elaine’s head, added: “ I was more than happy to do the haircut for free when Elaine came into my shop to ask the favour. It should be good fun trying to raise as much money and stock donations as possible for a worthwhile charity.”

Donations can be dropped off at Headway’s Northwich charity shop at 7 Leicester Street, Northwich; or for more information call Pam Golds on 01606 44317.