TWO big-hearted Grappenhall siblings have snipped their hair in support of their sister who is currently battling cancer.

Twin brother Matthew Hamer, aged 17, and 20-year-old sister Beth have both lopped off their locks after fellow Lymm High School pupil Holly was diagnosed with the rare condition rhabdomyosarcoma at the end of last year.

Beth’s hair has since been donated to The Little Princess Trust, who provide real hair wigs for children suffering hair loss, and her efforts have led to £2,500 being raised for The Christie charity where Holly is being treated.

Mum Julia, aged 46, said: “Holly’s twin brother Matthew decided to shave his head because he didn’t want Holly to be the first one to go bald but when Beth said she wanted to do it too we decided to try and raise as much money as we could to support The Christie.

“When Holly was diagnosed those first few weeks were so intense.

“It was such a shock but the staff are wonderful and she’s being so well looked after.

“Beth just wanted to give something back and Martin and I are so proud of them all.”

Holly has undergone surgery and intensive chemotherapy on the young oncology unit at The Christie and following scans, may have more radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Beth, who had her head shaved at the beginning of February, said; “I’ve had long hair all my life but I wanted to do this to support Holly as she was so upset about losing her hair.

“I wanted to show her that it’s just hair and will grow back.

“It’s amazing how much we’ve raised and I want to thank everyone who has donated to help the staff carry on delivering outstanding care to patients of all ages with cancer.”

Holly added she was very proud of her brother and sister and their ‘great support’ had brought them closer together.

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