Sunderland mum shaves head in memory of grandmother

Rebecca Copeland having her head shaved in aid of Breast Cancer Care at the Pennywell Neighbourhood Centre, Sunderland on Monday, Picture afterwards with mum Carol Dixon and dad Robert Copeland.
Rebecca Copeland having her head shaved in aid of Breast Cancer Care at the Pennywell Neighbourhood Centre, Sunderland on Monday, Picture afterwards with mum Carol Dixon and dad Robert Copeland.
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A MOTHER took the brave step to have her head shaved to support a cause close to her heart.

Rebecca Copeland decided to raise money for Breast Cancer Care in memory of her grandmother, who died of the disease in September.

Many people went to the event at Pennywell Neighbourhood Centre, and show their support for Rebecca.

“The reason I wanted to raise money for Breast Cancer Care was because my nana was first diagnosed in 2004,” said the 21-year-old.

“Both breasts were removed, then another lump was found in the scar tissue in February last year.

“After a long battle with the cancer we lost her on the September 30, and it had a massive impact on the family,”

Rebecca, from Pennywell, was overwhelmed at how much support she received about the drastic move to have her hair shorn, which has so far raised £365 for Breast Cancer Care.

“When I first had the idea to shave my head my friends and family where unsure whether I would actually go through with it or not, but they were still really supportive.

“My partner Robert felt slightly nervous, just like my parents did. But he had no say in the matter really.

“He is happy that I have done it now because he knows how much the charity means to me, and he has supported me the whole way.”

Rebecca said her family finally realised she was going to shave her head they were more nervous than her at the prospect.

“My mam was sick with nerves thinking I would regret it afterwards, but I told her I wouldn’t. In the end everything went great and no one should have worried at all, I really enjoyed myself.

“My family are really proud at how much money I’ve raised so far and we haven’t even stopped counting yet.

“My 10-month-old daughter Aisha came in not long after I’d had my hair shaved, and she gave me a huge hug and a kiss afterwards.

“My head is a lot colder now, but it was all worth it for the amount of money we raised.”