Braving the shave -mum and daughter lose locks for charity

October 07 2016

SOME say it was a 'bald' thing to do but for Hanham's Sara Hayes and daughter Maddy, they were just doing their bit for charity.

Brave the shave

SOME say it was a 'bald' thing to do but for Hanham's Sara Hayes and daughter Maddy, they were just doing their bit for charity.

The pair agreed to have their long blonde locks shorn to raise money for Cancer Research and raised a whopping £3,000.

The head shaves took place during a fundraising event at AEK Boco Football Club in Greenbank Road.

Cheered on by a huge crowd, the brave duo put themselves in the experienced hands of Hanham hairdressers Kirsten Toghill and Amy Newman.

Before  the shaves, Kirsten and Amy divided their hair into four ponytails which meant it could then be sent to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which makes wigs for children who have lost hair through cancer treatment.

Sara, 44, a Slimming World consultant, said: "A friend of mine from the football club who did a lot of work for charity passed away suddenly back in April. Although he was super fit, he had an underlying heart defect and sadly collapsed and died during a charity bike race. When I was at his funeral I kept hearing how much he did for charity. Funerals can cause you to reflect on yourself and I thought,'At my funeral what would I be known for?' 

"I decided I was going to do something - the most drastic thing I could. 

"We both had about 10 inches cut off. I wish I'd done it in the summer when it was a little warmer though!

"Maddy took a long time to decide she wanted to do it. She said she would, then changed her mind. Then she was going to have half her head shaved but in the end she said she wanted to have it all off. Girls of Maddy's age can be so precious over their hair but she was as brave as a soldier. I'm so incredibly proud of her."

Maddy, 13, who attends Hanham Woods Academy, said: "At first I felt a bit shocked and sad but I kept reminding myself of what a good cause it was for. It's much easier to style now!"

The event included donation buckets, food and a raffle with prizes including champagne, wine and bowling vouchers.