Teenager joins mum in head shave cancer fundraiser

Hairdresser Samanatha Davison cuts the hair of Cassidy Neale (left) and class mate Sarah Walker of Southmoor School, who had their heads shaved in aid of cancer research on Thursday.

Hairdresser Samanatha Davison cuts the hair of Cassidy Neale (left) and class mate Sarah Walker of Southmoor School, who had their heads shaved in aid of cancer research on Thursday.

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BIG-HEARTED youngster Cassidy Neale followed in her mum’s footsteps by losing her locks for a cancer charity.

The 15-year-old student had her shoulder-length hair shaved off to raise more than £450 to help Cancer Research.

Southmoor School pupil Cassidy went under the razor with fellow student Sarah Walker, watched by youngsters from the school’s Phoenix House.

She was inspired by brave Sharon, who lost her locks to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

Sharon Neale raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Research by having her head shaved in 2009.

The then 38-year-old took the bold decision after her cousin and father-in-law lost their battles with cancer.

She gave up her shoulder-length hair to the shears at the Laburnum Cottage pub in Hendon, Sunderland. The mum-of-six went on to sport a bright pink crop.

She vowed to go under the razor after watching a programme on teenage cancer patients and losing two family members.

Cousin Patricia, 43, died the year before and husband Matt’s father, Bill, 61, died four years earlier, after developing lung and bowel cancer.

Sharon, from Lewis Crescent, Hendon, said: “Cassidy has always wanted to do something for charity and we have had family members and different people affected by cancer.

“We’re thinking of doing the Race for Life next year, which falls on her 16th birthday.”

She added: “I’m really proud of her. I started to get a lump at the back of my throat.”

The pair hope to raise more than £600.

Cassidy said it “felt a bit weird” but added that people were complimenting her on her new crop.

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