Best friends Lydia Reed and Laura Guisasola will take to the stage at Funny Girls this weekend, to raise awareness of Crohn’s Disease.
Lydia, 21, was diagnosed with Crohn’s six years ago, and has since had many operations, treatments and medications to counter its debilitating effects.
To support her friend, Laura, 21 (pictured with Lydia), will be having her head shaved – live during the show on Sunday – to raise money for charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK.
“Sunday’s event will really make a difference as we can reach a wider audience and hopefully encourage people to talk about the condition and not be afraid,” social services worker Laura said.
“I was moved to help Lydia as I was so upset to see her in such awful, chronic pain all the time and I used to go and see her after every operation at Manchester Hospital.
“Crohn’s has wreaked havoc in her life and, as my best friend, I admire her strength and courage. I had never heard of it until Lydia had it, so we want to raise awareness of how the charity can help other young people who may be suffering alone.”
Lydia, a media make-up student from St Annes said: “Laura has seen me through my darkest, most miserable days and nights. When she told me she had decided to have her hair shaved off I couldn’t believe it.
“We have been stunned by the response from so many generous people.”
The girls’ supporters will have VIP treatment at the show bar on Sunday, and the venue is running a special raffle on the night.
To support the campaign – which has already topped £1,600 – visit www.justgiving.com/LAURA-GUISASOLA, or go to Funny Girls on Sunday.