A GENEROUS hairdresser is using her 30th birthday celebrations to support children with heart conditions, with help from Sunderland AFC.
Suzanne Dawbney, who runs Wearside mobile hairdressers Suzy Scissors, was inspired to turn her birthday bash into a fundraiser by friend’s son Tom Smith, who has hypoplastic left heart syndrome – which means the left side of his heart is severely underdeveloped, affecting the flow of blood through his body.
The nine-year-old has already had to undergo operations and will need a heart transplant by the age of 12.
Suzanne is holding her 30th birthday party at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on Saturday and aspiring singer Tom – a huge Black Cats fan – will be guest of honour.
SAFC legends Jimmy Montgomery and Bobby Kerr are also going to drop into the bash – which will double up as a fund-raising event for children’s heart charity Little Hearts Matter.
Suzanne, who is friends’ with Tom’s dad Andy, has asked her guests to make a donation rather than buy her presents.
She said: “I knew Andy’s son was poorly, but I didn’t realise how poorly until I watched a music video that he had made to raise money for Little Hearts Matter on YouTube.
“He sings about playing for Sunderland football club, and when I watched it, and read the information, I decided I wanted to raise money instead of getting presents.
“I’ve known Andy since Tom was born. They are a lovely family.”
Andy, 37, said he thought it was a great that Suzanne is raising money in honour of his son, who attends East Rainton Primary School.
He added: “She’s a star. It’s really nice of her.
“Tom gets out of breath easily and he can’t play sports, but he is probably more protective of his brother and sister than they are of him.
“To look at him you wouldn’t realise there is anything wrong with him.”
The family also includes wife Julia, 37, son Luke, 12, and daughter Hannah, seven.
Commercial director of SAFC, Gary Hutchinson said the club is happy to support the charity. He added: “Little Hearts Matter is an extremely worthwhile cause. I’m sure a lot of money will be raised, and it’s a great idea to combine a birthday party with a fundraiser.” For more information and to donate to the event, contact Suzanne on, tel: 07872960514.