Do-ing the right thing

Gwenda Leith and Charlotte Towler, right,  (Blackpool PDSA branch) have had the PDSA logo shaved on their heads, at Kamran's, Caunce Street, Blackpool.
Gwenda Leith and Charlotte Towler, right, (Blackpool PDSA branch) have had the PDSA logo shaved on their heads, at Kamran's, Caunce Street, Blackpool.
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It’s a hair-raising way to raise money for charity – quite literally.

Two animal lovers took to the barber’s chair to undertake a sponsored shave in aid of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA).

And to make their charity challenge more interesting – and promote the cause at the same time – the duo had the letters PDSA shaved into the back of their heads.

The pair, Gwenda Leith and Charlotte Towler, both volunteer at the charity’s shop in Abingdon Street, Blackpool, and went under the razor at Kamran’s, in Caunce Street.

Gwenda, 42, from Peter Street, central Blackpool, said: “It was my idea initially because I was just trying to think of something different to do.

“I thought it up last year and decided to do it this year.

“Nobody’s ever done it before for the PDSA so I thought it would be something different.

“Everyone thinks I’m really brave and we’ve had some good comments.”

Gwenda is assistant manager at the shop while Charlotte, from Cleveleys, is a key volunteer.

So far they have raised just short of £400 through sponsorship but Gwenda admits the challenge, which took place on Saturday morning, brought with it a few hair-raising moments.

She said: “It was quite scary because we both have long hair.

“Charlotte had it cut short to get prepared for it.

“There were a few other customers watching and we were joking that they’d be asking for the same cut too.

“It went well and we’ve raised about £400 but we’re still trying to get some more sponsorship.”

To donate to their cause visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/blackpoolpdsastore.

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