Charity headshave was a hair-raising experience for all

SHORN Sara after the drastic cut.  Picture: Malcolm Wells (120138-5891)
SHORN Sara after the drastic cut. Picture: Malcolm Wells (120138-5891)

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A FUNDRAISER was left feeling the breeze on her shoulders after having her hair shaved off.

Sara Vincent took on the challenge in memory of her grandmother who died from ovarian cancer two days before Christmas.

READY Sara before the chop

READY Sara before the chop

The 27-year-old collected around £500 of donations for Cancer Research UK and hopes to sell her hair to a wig company to boost the amount of cash raised.

Crowds gathered at the charity’s store in West Street, Havant, on Saturday, to support Sara and see her get her long locks lopped off.

After the shaving, Sara said: ‘My head feels so much lighter now and it’s a bit chilly around the ears.

‘It feels strange. I look a lot like my brother which is a bit scary. But it’s only hair, it will grow back.

‘The main thing is that I raised lots of money for the charity and awareness of ovarian cancer too.’

Sara’s grandma, Mary Therese Neale, pictured, was diagnosed with the illness in October, only two months before she died at the age of 69.

‘As soon as she was diagnosed I wanted to do a fundraiser,’ Sara, of Hursley Road, Leigh Park, added.

‘I told her I was going to shave all my hair off and she just laughed and said I was crazy. She would’ve been proud if she was here to see me do it, she was always very supportive of everything I did.

‘I want to help raise awareness of ovarian cancer because people don’t really know much about it.

‘And I want them to realise that it’s not just old women that get it, young women get it too.’

Mickey and Minnie Mouse were also at the shop collecting donations for the charity.

Store manager Zerina Bryant said: ‘We were excited and touched when Sara contacted us to ask if she could do the headshave in our store.

‘It’s great to see people still want to raise money for charity in these hard times, and it’s encouraged people to come into the shop and have a look around.’