Teachers from Gosport school say goodbye to hair for charity

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THREE teachers marked the last day of a school with a twist as they went for the chop.

The women, from Elson Infant School in Gosport, took part in Macmillan’s Brave the Shave campaign.

Andrea Douglass, Erica Blight and Kate Oldham were surrounded by pupils, parents and fellow teachers as the clippers came on and their locks were cut away.

Andrea and Erica got all their hair shaved off while Kate, who had the longest hair, went down to a grade two.

It was Andrea’s idea to get the school involved in Brave the Shave as her family has been affected by cancer.

The learning support assistant said: ‘I wanted to do the head shave on behalf of my nan who died from lung cancer.

‘My mum has had cancer, my cousin Stephanie has had cancer – they have survived.

‘My auntie has lived with it for many years. My nan and grandad died from it so I wanted to do my bit for them.’

She added: ‘I was very nervous and very anxious beforehand. I feel relieved now it has been done and quite emotional.’

When Andrea suggested the idea of the head shave, Kate and Erica were more than happy to sign up and get it done too.

From left, Andrea Douglass, Erica Blight and Kate Oldham during the headshave.''Picture: Sarah Standing (151308-8614)

From left, Andrea Douglass, Erica Blight and Kate Oldham during the headshave.''Picture: Sarah Standing (151308-8614)

Erica, a substitute teacher, said: ‘Between us we must have raised more than £1,000.

‘We were all very nervous beforehand but we are just really proud of ourselves.’

As well as raising money for cutting her hair, Kate has kept her long locks to donate to the Little Princess Trust which makes wigs for children with cancer and other illnesses, which causes hair loss.

She said: ‘It feels a bit weird having no hair but it feels good knowing we have done it for a good cause. I wasn’t as nervous beforehand as I thought I was going to be.’

I feel relieved now it has been done and quite emotional.

Andrea Douglas

The Macmillan Brave the Shave campaign encourages people to raise money for the charity by shaving their heads. For more information visit bravetheshave.org.uk.

From left, Andrea Douglass, Kate Oldham and Erica Blight before the headshave ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151308-8589)

From left, Andrea Douglass, Kate Oldham and Erica Blight before the headshave ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151308-8589)