Tuesday, 19 October 2021

‘Rapunzel’ has her hair cut for charity

A YOUNG woman raised more than £1,500 for charity by shaving off her 70cm locks.

A YOUNG woman raised more than £1,500 for charity by shaving off her 70cm locks.

Mary Lambeth, from Burchetts Green, had grown her hair down to her hips after refraining from having it cut for four years.

The 23-year-old stopped visiting the hairdresser when she left home to study for a master’s degree in materials engineering at the University of  Birmingham.

She initially intended to sell it for hair extensions, which would have earned her about £500, but decided it should go to a good cause instead.

Miss Lambeth has donated her tresses to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides wigs made of real hair for children undergoing chemotherapy.

They were snipped off by her childhood friend Jess Smith in front of about 30 regulars at the Dew Drop Inn near Hurley, where she works as a barmaid.

Miss Smith, a qualified hairdresser, then shaved her hair to the shortest possible length of grade 1, about 3mm, with a set of electric clippers.

Miss Lambeth invited sponsorship bids for her efforts and will be donating the proceeds to Save The Children.

She has raised £1,560 through online donations, more than three times her £500 target, as well as collecting money in a bucket at the bar. She said: “When I was at university I was well-known for my long hair — people used to say I looked like Rapunzel.

“At Halloween I used to have quite crazy hairstyles. I dyed it bright pink on one occasion and last year I dressed as a dragon with long plaits down my back.

“I announced it to friends and family a couple of months ago and started publicising it on Facebook and with posters at the pub.

“Everyone was very encouraging from the start. There were different reactions but they were all positive. Some people said I was very brave while others said it was quite a noble thing to be doing.

“My mum was a bit upset at first but she supported me and Dad helped to publicise it through the Burchetts Green Village Association.

“One of my brothers even bought me a ‘baldy buffer’ for my birthday to polish my head!

“I thought I might be nervous on the day of the shave but it wasn’t that bad.

“ Jess was going to give me a grade 6 cut but then everyone convinced her to go down to grade 1. Lots of people were cheering us on as she did it.” Miss Lambeth said she was happy with the results and was in “no rush” to grow her hair back.

She said: “I’m really enjoying not having to wash my hair any more so I’m going to keep it short for a while.

“I’m travelling to Africa soon so I’ll need to use sun cream to stop my scalp from burning!

“I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from colleagues and customers. They’re encouraging people to donate and they keep coming up to me to touch my head.”

To sponsor Miss Lambeth, visit www.justgiving.com/mary-lambeth

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