Cancer-suffering Northamptonshire woman raises more than £3,000 after shaving head for charity

Sophie Watford after shaving her head
Sophie Watford after shaving her head

A woman who grew up in Rushden has raised more than £3,000 after shaving her head to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Sophie Watford, 26, made the brave move after being diagnosed with stage three lung cancer in June.

And now she is hoping to raise even more to ‘make the most out of a bad situation’.

She said: “It was a massive shock to the system to be diagnosed at such a young age – the symptoms were very hard to notice as I have had lung problems since a young age, but nothing cancerous.

“I’m halfway through my chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments, and should know by November whether it has all worked.

“I shaved my head to give something back, having taken inspiration from Jessie J, and donated my hair to the Little Princess Trust which provides wigs for children with cancer.

“I run cake sales at work and the charity we sponsor is the British Heart Foundation, and it’s great to raise so much money for them.”

Sophie, who now lives in London with her boyfriend, thanked her family and friends for all of their support.

She added: “I’m a very strong person but this is the most painful thing I’ve experienced.

“The support has been incredible and is really what has got me through each day, I couldn’t have done it without them.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Sophie-Watford1.