Pair’s close shave for aunt
4:30pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Latest News
A schoolgirl has lost her locks for charity in memory of a relative who lost her battle with breast cancer this summer.
Thirteen-year-old Phoebe Parker, who attends Churchfields Academy, decided to have her head shaved to raise money for Cancer Research UK after her great aunt, Rebecca Smart, lost her battle with cancer of the liver and spine in June.
Phoebe’s mum, Tamara, who also shaved her head in support of her daughter on Tuesday at St Andrew’s Ridge hair and beauty salon Friends, was proud of her daughter for wanting to make the sacrifice in memory of her aunt.
She said: “Phoebe lost a great aunt in June and she said she wanted to do something in her memory, so she decided to shave her head to raise money for cancer research.
“She couldn’t think of anything else she wanted to do to make a statement about what had happened and she said that was what she wanted to do.
“ I asked her to wait to make sure she wouldn’t change her mind, but after two months she still thought it might be something she wanted to do.
“Becky was first diagnosed with breast cancer about four years ago. She had chemotherapy and had a mastectomy but it came back.”
So far Phoebe has raised £150 towards her £400 goal and is still hoping to raise more.
Tamara said: “Her hair wasn’t very long but she loves doing things with her hair. She loves trying out different hair styles, so this was big for her.
“I did it with Phoebe because she didn’t want to do it on her own, so I said we’d be bald together.”
To support the pair visit www.justgiving.com/Pheobe-Parker or www.justgiving.com/Tami-Parker.
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