Three women ‘brave the shave’ for worthy causes

Suzie Cope having her hair chopped off for the Little Princess Trust at hair stylist Kim Smith's salon in Stamford EMN-150808-231110009

Suzie Cope having her hair chopped off for the Little Princess Trust at hair stylist Kim Smith's salon in Stamford EMN-150808-231110009

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Three women have bravely had their locks chopped off all in the name of charity.

Suzie Cope was the first to brave the scissors when she visited Kim Smith Hair Design in Stamford on Saturday, August 8.

Karen Barnes having her head shave at Bourne with stylist Pat Kaufman EMN-150815-181351009

Karen Barnes having her head shave at Bourne with stylist Pat Kaufman EMN-150815-181351009

She had her hair divided into three pigtails, which were then chopped off, leaving Suzie with a new bob-style in place of her long locks.

Her chop was in aid of Cancer Research UK, in memory of her mum Gail Wink, who died aged 74 just three weeks after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Thanks to the support of friends and family, Suzie raised £2,065, which was boosted by another £1,000 thanks to her employer BGL Group.

Suzie, 49, of Clipsham, said waiting for her hair to be cut was “like sitting in the dentist’s chair”.

14-year-old  Sophie Yuill (please check) having half her head shaved at Market Deeping. EMN-150815-181517009

14-year-old Sophie Yuill (please check) having half her head shaved at Market Deeping. EMN-150815-181517009

But she added: “I’m getting used to the new style now and I think my mum would like it as she thought long hair didn’t suit me.”

The challenge was particularly poignant for Suzie, who told her mum what she was planning and asked her to choose the new style. Sadly Gail never got the chance but Suzie said she was proud to have fulfilled the promise to her mum.

And her pigtails didn’t go to waste. They were donated to the Little Princess Trust, which is a charity providing real-hair wigs to children suffering from cancer.

Next to brave a new style for a good cause was Karen Barnes, who visited Jane’s in Bourne.

Both of Karen’s parents are currently suffering from cancer and have been supported by Macmillan Cancer Support so Karen knows just how vital the £350 she has raised so far is. She wants to see her money go towards funding more Macmillan Nurses.

Karen, 45, of Manning Road, Bourne, said: “I was slightly nervous beforehand. My hair wasn’t very long but I liked it!

“But I don’t mind my shaven head now I’ve had time to get used to it and it’s worth having my hair cut to raise such a great amount for charity.”

Teenager, Sophie Yuill, 14, from Deeping St James, also braved the shears at the weekend, having half of her head shaved for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Sophie, who is a pupil at The Deepings School, has always wanted to have half of her head shaved for charity, so decided to brave the shave once and for all, taking to the hairdressers chair on Saturday morning.

She said: “I really like my new haircut - but it felt really weird having it shaved off. All of my friends and family were there on the day to watch, they were all really proud of me.”

As well as raising more than £400 for Macmillan Cancer Support, Sophie has decided to donate her chopped locks to the Little Princess Trust.