A MOTHER and daughter had a hair-raising time when they chopped off their locks for charity.
Pat and Angela Surtees waved goodbye to their long hair when they had their heads shaved to raise money for Cancer Research.
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.
And, they bravely sat together in the Super Ego hair salon in Sea Road while staff got to work with the clippers.
Mum-of-three Angela, 32, said: “It feels really strange having no hair. It’s not too cold, but when the wind blows across your bald head if feels weird.
“We were a bit nervous about it, but some of our friends came along to support us at the hairdressers and we actually had a good laugh about it. It has really been worth it and luckily both mine and my mam’s hair grows really quickly, so it shouldn’t take long to grow back.”
In the meantime, the pair have been given a wig each from Hylton Road shop, The Pussy Doll Palace, to wear on nights out. Pat, 59, had been diagnosed with cervical cancer and treated, then in 1997 she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The grandmother 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.”
The Thornburn Street single parent, who is mum to Joshua, six, Mollie, four and two-year-old James, said although her mum’s hair didn’t fall out during chemotherapy, her own did due to the stress of Pat being ill. But both mother and daughter were keen to do something to raise money and awareness of the cancer charity.
Angela said: “When I suggested having our heads shaved to my mam she was all for it. She said it is only hair and will grow back.”
Family and friends have already helped the pair to raise an impressive £500, but there is still money coming in and still time to sponsor them.
Anyone who would like to make a donation for Pat and Angela’s charity head shave can visit their website justgiving.com/Angela-Surtees1 or text ANGI80 with your amount to 70070.