IT’S a hair-raising thing to do – but mother-of-four Gill Harris was happy to lose her locks for a good cause.
Gill volunteered to have her hair shaved off after a friend’s eight-year-old daughter was diagnosed with an adult form of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Evie Shallom was diagnosed with cancer last month and is currently receiving treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital, in London, after being transferred from Great Ormond Street Hospital.
And now 43-year-old Gill, who lives in Basingstoke, has joined in efforts to raise money for Cancer Research UK with Evie’s mother, Nicola, by shaving her hair off.
Nicola has already shaved her hair off and Evie has had her hair cut into a bob, and they have both donated their hair to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides wigs to children who are suffering from cancer.
Gill’s charity cut, which took place at the Oakridge Hall for All, in Forsythia Walk, saw friends and family help to shave her hair off, raising £269 for Cancer Research UK.
Gill said: “I think the real heroes in all of this are Evie and her mum.
“Evie had the most beautiful long hair, and when she first started to lose her hair, she had it cut into a bob and donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust.
“I went to see Evie and Nicola when she was in Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Evie said she was worried about losing her hair, and I said I will shave my hair and her mum said she would too.
“They both donated their hair to the Little Princess Trust but mine was not long enough.”
Gill added: “There are so many people who have been affected by cancer, whether it be a relative or someone who has had cancer.
“Cancer Research is not helped or supported by the Government, so anybody who donates is helping to find a cure.”
Evie’s family will now hold a fun day at the Primary Professional Centre, in Bracknell, on May 3, to raise money for wigs and hats.