A MOTHER and daughter are preparing to say goodbye to their long hair - all for a good cause.
Pat and Angela Surtees will both be having their heads shaved to raise money for Cancer Research and are hoping others will join them.
The Fulwell pair decided they wanted to do their bit to raise money for research into the disease, which Pat fell victim to 15 years ago.
Mum-of-three, Angela, 32, said her 59-year-old mother was first diagnosed and treated with cervical cancer, then in 1997 she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Grandmother Pat had a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery and was eventually given the all clear following chemotherapy treatment.
Angela said: “It is so important to raise money for research, we are lucky my mam survived.
“I don’t think there is a single person who does not know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, it is something which affects everyone.”
For the pair to decide to shave their heads is a big step.
Angela said: “When my mam was diagnosed with the cancer one of her biggest fears was all her hair falling out through the chemotherapy, but it didn’t.”
But, in a strange twist of fate, for the then teenage Angela, the stress of her mother going through cancer treatment caused clumps of her own hair to fall out.
The Thornburn Street single parent, who is mum to Joshua, six, Mollie, four and two-year-old James, said: “I woke up one morning and there was pieces of hair on the pillow. I didn’t know what was going on because it was my mam who was ill.”
But, both mother and daughter say they now have no worries about taking the plunge and having their long locks shaved off.
Angela said: “When I suggested it to my mam, she was all for it. She said it is only hair and will grow back. It’s worth it if we can raise some money.”
Family and friends are already starting to sponsor the pair for the head shave in April and they would be thrilled if they could raise £1,000.
The hair will be shaved off at Super Ego hair salon in Sea Road on April 15 at around 11am and Pat and Angela would like anyone else who wants to be sponsored to take part to join them.
To sponsor the pair visit justgiving.com/Angela-Surtees1 or text ANGI80 with your amount to 70070.