Mum-of-two Emma Appleton is still getting used to her new look.

She had her shoulder-length hair shaved off to raise money for the National Kidney Federation – and was shocked by the results.

“I thought the most nerve-wracking bit would be having my hair cut, but it was actually worse afterwards. I just burst into tears and found it difficult to deal with at first. People responded to me differently. It was an emotional time,” she said.

Even her children, Jade, 12 and Nathan, ten, took some time adapting to her shaven look.

Emma, who lives in Skipton, was spurred into action when her friend, Donna Happs, had a transplant after years of suffering from kidney disease.

“I just decided to do something to help,” said Emma.

She had her head shaved at the town’s Castle Inn by Marie Clough and Laura Broadbent, of Marie’s Hairdressers, and although her sponsor money is still coming in, she estimates she will have raised more than £870.

“I just want to thank everyone who supported me,” she added.