How far would you go to raise money for charity?
Mum-of-two Joanne Smith, 35, from Briar Way in West Drayton, and her cousin Lisa Yeates, 36, of Verona Close in Cowley will have the clippers taken to their locks at a fundraising event on Saturday (May 24).
The inspirational pair have been growing their hair for more than a year and it will be donated to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides real hair wigs to children who have lost their hair through cancer treatment.
“We do race for life every year but this year we wanted to do something more,” explained Lisa.
“My mum had breast cancer in 2010 and my grandmother had it 20 years before.
“My granddad, great auntie and great uncle all died from it and Joanne’s mum has just finished treatment for breast cancer.”Lisa says she is not nervous and will not let people tell her she is being ‘brave’.
“Given the family history I know at some point it could be a part of my life,” she explained.
“I kind of look at it as a positive in the way that if at some point in my life I had to go through treatment and lost my hair, that would not be my choice, but this way I can have no hair but raise money.
“It’s no braver than somebody who has to go through treatment. It will grow back. I’m healthy, I’m not going through sickness.
“The true people who are brave are the people who are upbeat who are still going through chemotherapy.”
Lisa was just 11-years-old when her grandmother was diagnosed with the disease.
“My whole life has been surrounded by it, so its been part of my every day life,” she said.
The pair specifically chose to raise funds for Cancer Research UK because of the importance of finding a cure, rather than treating the disease.
“We want a solution to this problem,” she said.
“We have seen how treatments have come such a long, long way since my grandmother had it.”
Everyone is welcome to the free event where there will be a tombola and raffle, a bouncy castle, a kid’s mascot, name the bear, hook a duck and lots more traditional summer fete activities.
Just turn up to the 9th Hayes Scout hut in Chestnut Close in Hayes on Saturday, May 24 between 11am and 3pm.
More than £900 has already been raised. You can make a donation online at www.virginmoneygiving.com/hairtodaygonetomorrow3
In April, Trinity Mirror reporter Poppy Bradbury hacked off her long locks for the same cause.