Head shaves raise cancer char­ity funds

Halifax Courier - - Business - By Laura Tacey

A lit­tle girl and a group of good friends shaved off their long locks in two cancer char­ity fundrais­ing events. Af­ter Tina Wil­liams, 54, of Sowerby Bridge, was di­ag­nosed with breast cancer in Novem­ber last year, her fel­low drinkers and pub bar staff said they would shave their hair to raise funds for Calderdale Breast Care Fund af­ter Tina lost her hair to cancer.

With some moral sup­port from their friends - Shep­herds Rest bar­man Lewis Sut­cliffe, 21, went un­der the ra­zor, along with Peter Mus­grove, Chris Stott and Kirsti Rice.

Wax­ing it for char­ity were Tina’s good friends Christo­pher Bai­ley, Nick Howarth, Paul Gow­land and Craig Old­field.

Tina said: “I was touched when Lewis said he’d shave his hair as moral sup­port - then ev­ery­one else joined in. “I was amazed.” The col­lec­tive ef­forts and a raf­fle raised over £3,000 for their cho­sen char­ity in a fundraiser held at The Shep­herds Rest, Sowerby Bridge.

Con­sci­en­tious Cerys Cartwright, 12, of Moor­side Gar­dens, Halifax, told her mum, Lind­say Wil­son, she wanted to shave her Goldilocks-like hair af­ter los­ing her great grand­mother to cancer.

The year eight stu­dent at Trin­ity Academy, in Halifax, had an ini­tial tar­get of £500 but she smashed that with £1,120 raised for Cancer Re­search.

Cerys’ hair was shaved off by hair­dresser Ch­eryl Smor­fitt in a pink Ladies Night held at M and S Nurs­eries, Halifax, or­gan­ised by Michelle Cook.

Her shaven hair has been do­nated to Lit­tle Princess Trust to be made into a wig for a child who has lost his or her hair to cancer.

Brave Cerys said she feels the cold more on the walk to school now. “Lots of people die from cancer, so I wanted to raise money for poorly people,” she said.

Mum Lind­say said: “I’m so proud of her. “She was re­ally brave. “It re­ally suits her.”

CHAR­ITY FUNDRAIS­ING: Tina Wil­liams and, be­low, Cerys Cartwright, 12, be­fore and af­ter her head shave

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