Whiteley head shave raises thousands for woman who lost baby in stillbirth

From left, Heather Barry, Carole Runalls, Louise Seager and her daughter Emma Biddle 
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (161265-3)

From left, Heather Barry, Carole Runalls, Louise Seager and her daughter Emma Biddle Picture: Ian Hargreaves (161265-3)

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  • A trio of brave women have raised more than a thousand for a neonatal charity through a head shave
  • The shaving took place after a young Gosport woman lost her child to a stillbirth
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A MUM and daughter have come together to raise more than £1,000 for a neo-natal charity after a tragedy befell the family earlier this year.

Emma Biddle, 21, from Gosport, lost her son, Jackson, who was stillborn in March.

The three before the haircut

The three before the haircut

The stillbirth came out of nowhere with Emma 34 weeks pregnant at the time.

After not feeling Jackson while working, she sensed something was wrong.

After being rushed to hospital, doctors confirmed that she had lost her baby.

Emma received support from Sands, a neo-natal charity that supports those who have lost babies.

I think the thing about stillbirths is they are almost seen as a taboo subject. I think we should talk about it more and raise awareness of charities like Sands that help.

Emma Biddle, 21, from Gosport

Emma, who works at the Tesco superstore in Whiteley said: ‘I still have good days and bad days.

‘I threw myself into work and everyone has been so supportive, they have been like my second family.

‘The fact that I’ve been able to talk to people about it at work, where some people have been through the same thing, has been liberating for me.

‘The thing about stillbirths is they are almost seen as a taboo subject.

‘I think we should talk about it more and raise awareness of charities like Sands that help.’

Emma’s mum, Louise 
Seager and two friends decided to have their heads shaved to raise funds for the charity.

The shave took place at the Whiteley Tesco store where Louise, 47, Heather Barry, 45 and Carole Runalls, 55, had their locks chopped in front of a big audience.

The trio managed to raise £1,645 through the head shave, smashing their original target of £1,000.

Louise, from Fareham, added: ‘We feel so humbled by the support people have shown and I just hope we have helped raise some awareness.’

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