Mum will shave head in memory of her daughter

Stylist Andrew Robertson and Robyn Bennett
Stylist Andrew Robertson and Robyn Bennett
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SHE’LL be following in the footsteps of Demi Moore, Natalie Portman and Sinead O’Connor by opting for a distinctive hairstyle.

Robyn Bennett. 39, will be shaving off all her hair in memory of her daughter Sydney.

She died aged only 22 days old in April, after she developed meningitis from contracting group B streptococcus (GBS) while her mother was giving birth.

Now Robyn, who is seven months pregnant, wants to shave her hair off to raise awareness of the condition.

Robyn, of Lyndhurst Road, North End, said: ‘I and my husband Darrell made a promise to Sydney, that we would raise awareness of GBS and money for the ward on which Sydney was cared for.

‘We have done a few things already and me getting my head shaved is the next event.

‘I’m feeling nervous and think I will look funny afterwards – a bald seven-month pregnant woman – but I hope we get people’s attention.

‘And there is a chance for other people to join in and shave their hair if they are brave enough.’

The event takes place on Saturday outside the TK 
Maxx store, in Cascades, Portsmouth.

Alongside the hair shave, which is being done by Garbos London Road, North End, there will also be a face painter, a raffle draw and a midwife from 10am to 3.30pm to answer questions.

GBS is found in about a quarter of women and often causes no ill effects.

It comes and goes and can be treated with antibiotics.

The Bennetts, like hundreds of other parents across the country are calling on the government to pay for an £11 test to see if a mother is carrying GBS.

But the government has said that introducing routine screening would be too expensive.

Robyn added: ‘We are thrilled to be expecting again, but we really don’t want to take any chances.

‘We are paying for a private test at £35.’