Three generations of a Sleaford family are getting the chop for charity after a friend died from cancer last year.
Corrine Shimmon and her father Trevor Watson are having their heads shaved to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care and The Butterfly Hospice Trust of Boston, while Corrine’s daughter Bethany, aged nine, is having her long hair cut short into a bob to donate it to The Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for patients undergoing treatment for cancer.
Corrine joked: “Although my Nana will be attending the event, she couldn’t be persuaded to join us.”
She explained: “We are doing this after a friend from The Salvation Army in Boston sadly passed away from an aggressive cancer last year and these are the two charities that helped him and his 16 year old daughter so much.
“We have seen the work they do first hand with those people and families who need them so much in our area.”
Referring to daughter Bethany, Corrine said: “She adores her hair, but as you’d expect, she hates having it brushed.”
When their friend died of cancer it was the first time that this illness had really affected Bethany. Corrine said: “She asked me what she could do to help, and we came up with the idea of donating her hair to The Little Princess Trust - as something tangible that she could do to help people suffering with cancer, and this is where our entire campaign began.
“She is really excited now about the challenge - excited about sending off her hair, and excited about her new hair cut.”
It will be taking place at 10.30am on Saturday November 7 at The Salvation Army’s Autumn Fair in Boston, so the family are prepared to have chilly heads.
Corrine went on: “The person doing the cuts for us will be Kayleigh Odam of Headlines Salon in Leasingham. She has done a lot of things to raise money for Macmillan in the past and will be closing her salon on a Saturday morning in order to help us with this, for which we couldn’t be more grateful.”
The family were bowled over when the Salvation Army Symphonic Wind Ensemble, which Corrine has been playing with for over 15 years, were at a concert at Burton on Trent. She said: “Myself and Bethany stood in front of the band at the end of the first half to explain all about our fundraising, then held a collection box during the interval. The audience and the band were absolutely amazing and the grand total was £132.60.”
So far they have raised over £400. People can visit their fundraising page at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/triplegeneration