A TEENAGER shaved her head at her school's prom to raise money for the charity which supported her throughout her brother's cancer ordeal.

Caitlin Padgett, 16, took the brave decision to shave off her hair after brother Nathan, 12, underwent three years of chemotherapy treatment for leukaemia.

With the support of her family and friends, Caitlin's hair was shaved at Horizon Community College's prom at Brooklands last Tuesday.

Caitlin said she wanted to do it for a couple of years and raise lots of money for Parents Association for Children with Tumours and Leukaemia, the charity which supported her family.

Mum Tracy, 48, said it was a difficult time for both Nathan and Caitlin, and Caitlin got lots of support from PACT.

Caitlin also has a good friend who suffers from alopecia and has required a wig in the past and the longest lengths of her hair will be donated to the The Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair.

Tracy said: "We're really proud that she's decided to do this. Hair is something that's quite important to girls, especially when they're growing up. Not many 16-year-old girls would shave their heads, let alone at their school prom.

"It's difficult for siblings to cope, and apart from anything else, he's her little brother. She's spent a lot of time being pulled from pillar to post."

Caitlin has set herself a target of £1,000 and has already raised £800.

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