Head shaves raise cancer charity funds
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