Northampton mum marks son’s 25 cancer-free years with extreme haircut

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A Northampton mum is turning heads with her new look after becoming a ‘life-shaver’ for a children’s cancer charity.

Andrea Newlyn-Jones braved the clippers as part of the CLIC Sargent Big Buzz Campaign, which encourages people to shave their heads to support children and young people with cancer, many of whom lose their hair during treatment.

The sponsored head shave was held in Elliot Reeve Hair Salon in Hunsbury, Northampton, and was watched and encouraged by best friend, Nancy, who finished her own cancer treatment at the end of 2015.

Andrea said: “I was very nervous about finally having my hair cut after growing it for so long, but once the first cut was made, I just got on with it.

“It was all worth it as I’ve raised about £220 so far for CLIC Sargent.

“I was keen to support the charity because they helped us 25 years ago when my son, Bobby, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at just 4 years old.

“We wanted to mark Bobby being 25 years cancer free by fundraising to help support other children and young people like Bobby.”

Lydia Buckmaster, fundraising manager for CLIC Sargent, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to Andrea for becoming a ‘life-shaver’ for CLIC Sargent. I think the finished result looks amazing!”

Every day ten children and young people are told they have cancer.

Many will lose their hair during treatment and the Big Buzz campaign gives people the chance to show support by shaving their head and raising money for CLIC Sargent.

Lydia said: “At the moment we can only help two out of three children and young people diagnosed with cancer. We want to reach as many as possible and with your support we can do this.”

There is still time to sponsor Andrea. Just visit her just giving page and donate what you can: https://www.justgiving.com/Andrea-Newlyn-Jones1/

For more information about CLIC Sargent’s Big Buzz Campaign visit: www.clicsargent.org.uk/bigbuzz