Fareham mum cuts long locks for daughter

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LOVING mum Tanja Hill has marked World Cerebral Palsy Day in honour of her daughter by having her long locks cut off.

Tanja’s daughter Megan has spastic diplegia cerebral palsy and had an operation in America in May to help her walk.

Tanja Hill during her haircut

Tanja Hill during her haircut

Now, the four-year-old can walk up to two miles unaided and Tanja decided to chop her hair off to raise money for her physiotherapy and to mark World Cerebral Palsy Day, which is today.

Tanja, of Johns Road, Fareham, said: ‘Compared to what Megan has gone through, this is nothing, it’s just a little bit of hair.’

More than 12 inches were cut from Tanja’s hair at Mark Searle hairdresser in High Street, Fareham, yesterday.

Tanja, 39, said: ‘Megan has had an operation in the US but now I’m raising money for her physio. I’m having my hair cut as short as possible with a little bit left on top so I don’t scare my children too much!’

Tanja Hill haircut for megan Hill pic 4

Tanja Hill haircut for megan Hill pic 4

Megan’s family has so far raised around £5,000 of their £18,000 target, by doing fundraisers.

They also paid for the operation, around £60,000, and are delighted with the result.

Tanja said: ‘Megan is doing fantastically well, it was the best decision we have ever made.’

As well as raising money for Megan’s cause, Tanja also wanted to raise awareness of cerebral palsy – a permanent disability that affects movement for which there is no known cure.

23/8/2014 (BF)''A raft race and family fun day was organised at the Castle in the Air pub in Fareham on Saturday, raising money for Megan Hill (3) who has cerebral palsy and needs a life-changing operation in America.''Pictured is: Megan Hill (3) at the fun day.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142499-4087) PPP-140824-181228001

23/8/2014 (BF)''A raft race and family fun day was organised at the Castle in the Air pub in Fareham on Saturday, raising money for Megan Hill (3) who has cerebral palsy and needs a life-changing operation in America.''Pictured is: Megan Hill (3) at the fun day.''Picture: Sarah Standing (142499-4087) PPP-140824-181228001

She decided to hold the hair cut the day before World Cerebral Palsy Day which is led by a group of non-profit cerebral palsy charities, and supported by organisations in more than 45 countries.

Each year, events are held around the world to celebrate and come up with ideas that would help change the world for the 17m people with cerebral palsy, their families and supporters.

For more on Megan, visit megansfuture.com. For more on World Cerebral Palsy day go to en.worldcpday.org