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.
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!’
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.
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.