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Sunderland mum sobs as she goes bald for charity

Heather Gilbert has her 16-inch locks shaved off by Ashley Dembry to help raise money for The Grace House appeal.

Heather Gilbert has her 16-inch locks shaved off by Ashley Dembry to help raise money for The Grace House appeal.

HAIR today, gone tomorrow.

A mum has gone bald after having her 16inch blonde locks lopped off for charity.

Heather Gilbert, 45, from Hendon, was in tears as she had her flowing tresses cut off - but she said helping a good cause made the trauma worthwhile.

Not only will the £500 she has raised in sponsorship be donated to the Grace House Hospice Appeal, but her hair will be used to make wigs for children who suffer from hair loss.

She was inspired to take on the follicle feat at Dembry and Macey salon in Blandford Street after mum Elizabeth Gilbert, 83, died from cancer.

“Mum had survived cancer four times before she died. First time it was in the womb and then eventually in her skin. I know she would have wanted me to do this for the bairns,” said the mum-of-one.

She added: “I’ve never ever had it this short before, I’ve had to go out and buy some baseball caps.”

Sister Liz Percival was there to offer her support.

“We’re all really proud of her,” she said. “We’ve had loads of help with the sponsor forms. Our friend Mandy Bate took it to Bar Avenue in Deneside in Seaham and Oddfellows Arms where people were really generous. “Our friend, Claire Henry, also donated £50.”

After chopping off Heather’s plait, salon owner Ashley Dembry will now send it away to the Little Princess Trust who will use it to make real hair wigs for girls and boys who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment.

Ashley said: “I told Heather I could cut her hair into a short style but she said it would make more of a statement if she had it shaved.

“I think what she’s done is really brave. She’s helping a great cause as these wigs can really make a difference to families who can’t afford to buy real hair wigs.”

 

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