It’s a hair-raising prospect for Swindon charity
9:23am Wednesday 19th September 2012 in Latest News
Buy this photo » snip snip Teresa Smith has her head shaved by her sister-in-law, Mandy Smith; right, Teresa before and after the haircut Pictures: Siobhan Boyle
A MOTHER of-three has lost her hair to raise money in memory of her mum.
Teresa Smith, 29, let her sister-in-law shave her head on Saturday in front of a packed pub at The Dolphin.
The headshave was to raise money for Prospect Hospice, where her mum, Pat, stayed after being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver.
Pat died four years ago, and Teresa, of Rodbourne, wanted to do something to say thank you to the hospice for the care they had given her.
She said: “The care they gave mum was absolutely fantastic.
“I didn’t fancy doing a skydive or something like that and as I have long hair I thought it would be a good thing to do to raise money.
“My family and friends all think I’m mad but I got it in my head that I wanted to do something.
“I got married a couple of weeks ago so I still had my hair in the wedding pictures.”
As well as raising money for the hospice, Teresa plans to donate her hair that was cut off to the Little Princess Trust, who provide real hair wigs for youngsters who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
Teresa’s dad, Michael Sharp, said he was proud of his daughter.
He said: “When she gets something in her head there is no changing it. I am incredibly proud and her mum would be very proud of her as well. She has had a lot of support and we hope she raises a lot of money.”