Sunday, 19 September 2021

Shop worker shaves head for children's wigs

A HENLEY shop worker has raised more than £2,500 for charity by having her head shaved.

A HENLEY shop worker has raised more than £2,500 for charity by having her head shaved.

Hannah Evans, who is a stock controller at Cara Shoes, was joined at the store in Duke Street by about 20 friends and relatives as her shoulder-length locks were cut off on Tuesday.

Ashley White, a stylist from the Albert Fields hair salon in Goring, divided her hair into sections with elastic bands then snipped them off with scissors.

Miss Evans’ mother Hilary, of New Street in Henley, chopped off one of the final pieces before Miss White shaved her head with clippers at grade 4, leaving it just over 1cm long.

Onlookers filmed the process on their mobile phones as well as her reaction when she saw herself in the mirror. The 25-year-old is donating the proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Society as her maternal grandmother Toni Ganderton, of Maidenhead, struggled with dementia before she died earlier this year.

Her hair will go to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes real hair wigs for children who have suffered hair loss as a result of cancer treatment.

Miss Evans grew up in Adwell Square, off West Street in Henley, and attended Gillotts School. She now lives in Holyrood Close, Caversham, with her father Richard, who was also present.

She said: “I came up with the idea in January because I wanted to make a difference to other people with dementia. People thought I was nuts but I was determined to do it. I didn’t feel nervous until the day and I actually felt a bit sick in the run-up to it so I was very relieved when it was all over.”

Her mother said: “I used to cut her hair when she was little but I never took off that much – apart from one time she got chewing gum stuck in it!

“It’s incredible that she’s done something so bold for her grandmother but she’s the sort of girl who sticks to something when she says she’s going to do it.”

Her father added: “She’s amazingly brave but she’s done it for a cause that’s very important to us.”

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