Calne mum and daughter have close shave for charity

Calne mum and daughter have close shave for charity

Courtney and Elizabeth Duffin after their kindest cut

Elizabeth and Courtney Duffin before they lost their locks

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Mum Elizabeth Duffin and her teen daughter Courtney braved a headshave to raise £650 for the children’s oncology ward at Bristol Hospital at the weekend.

Miss Duffin, 46, has been struck by cervical cancer three times and was delighted when her 16-year-old daughter agreed to go under the clippers with her.

The pair, from Calne, offered to do the headshave in public at a Halloween fun day in Langley Burrell Village hall on Sunday and raised most of their fundraising total in just one week.

Event organiser Kelly Pritchard, whose baby Alfie-Ray Clark was treated for cancer at the ward, attracted the mother and daughter team’s support by advertising on Facebook.

Miss Duffin, who has been in remission for a year, was supported in her fundraising quest by fellow employees at Leonard Cheshire Disability in Trowbridge.

Courtney, who is studying for A-Levels at John Bentley School in Calne, said: “It was surprisingly quite quick because they cut it off first and then just shaved it “It was really strange to see all the hair on the floor. I was a bit upset at first, but I feel all right now. We went to the shops yesterday and everyone was staring at us.

“Everyone says to us ‘I think you did a really good job’ so it’s really nice. It’s really cold so we’ve had to stock up on hats and I start back at school on Wednesday so it will be funny to see what my friends have to say.”

Sherston couple Kelly Pritchard, 34, and Darren Clark, 32, lost 18-month-old Alfie in August 2012, four months after he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer.

Miss Pritchard’s 13-year-old son TJ Mullan, who goes to Malmesbury School, also went for a number one cut at Sunday’s event and shaved off his four-inch-long locks.

Funds from the day will also go to Families Against Neuroblastoma, a children’s cancer charity.

Miss Pritchard said: “He had it in a Mohican. It was nice to have his support, both my children have really helped out recently with the events I have done.

“I am proud of him for doing it and it’s fantastic that people were willing to do the headshave. Elizabeth had a week’s notice and within a week she raised £600.”

Donate at www.just giving.com/kelly-pritchard6

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