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After growing her hair for more than five years, Amy Thompson has decided to have it cut off for charity. The 28-inch long locks are to be donated with help from the charity Charlie Bear for Cancer Care, based at Newcastle General Hospital. Here she talks to Davy Smith about the impending cut-off point.
So when do you finally get the chop?
It's coming up quite soon. On February 19.
And how are you feeling? Are you scared?
Not really. I'm a bit scared but also really excited. It is quite weird to think that other people will be walking around with my hair on.
Do you think you would recognise your hair if you saw someone with it on?
No. It's not really distinctive enough.
I suppose that you can always get hair extensions. They are very popular with celebrities at the moment.
No, I won't be getting hair extensions. I'm looking forward to finally having it short.
It'll be a great weight off your mind and at least you'll save a lot of money on hairspray.
Yes. It can get really expensive to look after hair that long.
What was your favourite story as a child?
I can't really think.
Was it Rapunzel?
No, but I did quite like Pinocchio.
I hope that's not a lie! We don't want to start worrying about your nose growing too long! So what made you decide to get your hair cut?
I used to watch American chat shows when I was a child on Living TV with my mum. She was obsessed. I saw some people with long hair who were getting it cut for charity and thought that it was a really good idea.
And what do your friends think about it?
Some of them are a bit shocked but most of them think it's a really good idea. Actually, they seem more scared than I am. My mum says she really proud of me, but also really nervous. She really doesn't want to be there when it gets cut off.