It was a case of hair today, gone tomorrow, for Blackpool woman Lauren Sanderson-Roberts Vause.
But the 25-year-old, of South Shore, was determined to go all the way and brave the shave – to raise money for and awareness of charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
She organised a special fundraising evening at Marton Methodist Church – including a raffle, bingo, supper and quiz, for around 70 of her friends and family, to support her while her head was shaved.
Lauren was joined by her husband Shane, who also went under the razor to show his support.
The first bit of Lauren’s hair was cut off by Holly Fleetwood, aged 10, of Blackpool and the rest of the shave was done by family friend Jo Easterns, from James Daniels Hair Salon, on Highfield Road, South Shore.
Lauren, who is a part-time beauty therapist, and also works at Cherry Tree Sandwich Bar, Marton, has raised more than £2,000 for Macmillan and £451 for Marton Methodist Church, in sponsorship and on the night.
She had decided to go under the razor after seeing several family members experience cancer.
She said: “I wanted to raise money for Macmillan because my step-mom had breast cancer two years ago. She survived it, the Macmillan nurses were amazing with her, so I felt I wanted to give something back, to help raise money for research.
“I have also lost a grandparent and great grandparents and several close family and friends.
“Fundraising is hugely important to Macmillan.
“Without people doing events, running marathons, head shaves, bike rides, and donating, Macmillan wouldn’t exist.
“I felt really nervous beforehand, it was a big thing for me to have my hair shaved off.
“It actually feels really good now I’ve had it done.
“Lots of people have told me it suits me.
“With the hot weather, it’s been great and it makes getting ready quicker and easier, so I don’t mind having it shaved.
“I’m really pleased with the amount raised and all the support and help I’ve had from everyone.
“The night itself went really well, so I’m really pleased.”
Blackpool’s Deputy Mayor Coun Kath Rowson and Deputy Mayoress, Joan Goldin, attended the fundraising evening to show their support.
* You can support Lauren at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lauren-sanderson-roberts-vause