A TEAM of hairdressers cut, trimmed and styled for 24 hours to raise money for the chosen charities of a Hampshire teenager fighting cancer.

When 18-year-old Morgan Penn went to the doctor suffering from leg pain, it was thought that it was down to a football injury.

But following failed physiotherapy and being rushed accident and emergency in excruciating pain, a scan revealed the teenager had an aggressive form of bone cancer, Ewing sarcoma.

Over the weekend, his mum Stacey, who has worked at House of Hair hairdressing salon in Bishopstoke for 20 years, and her colleagues rallied round to raise money for The Teenage Cancer Trust and Sarcoma UK and to send him and his family on holiday.

The team of six hope their 24 hour ‘hairathon’ will help them towards their target of £10,000 this year by raising an additional £3,000, taking their grand total up to £7,500.

The trainee mechanic from Romsey, now 19, underwent surgery to remove the tumour and has had an intensive and exhausting course of chemotherapy.

He will now have a full body scan every six weeks for two years to monitor for signs that the cancer has returned.

Tracie Sheppard, owner of House of Hair, said the team at the salon felt they had to do something to help when Morgan was diagnosed.

She said: “We started bright eyed and bushy-tailed at 9am. Our customers brought in cakes and sweets for us to sell to raise more money and we had lots of messages of support sent in.

“Everyone has been in really good spirits and definitely up for the challenge.”

She added that the team were waiting to add up their grand total from the event and saw around 150 clients.

The group have also been raising money through sponsorship for sporting events such as the ABP Southampton Half Marathon and the Hendy Eastleigh 10K.

They have further sponsored events coming up including as a cheese and wine evening and a ‘beetle drive’ - an evening of table based games with food and a raffle.