Close shave spreads awareness

INPSIRED: The family lose their locks.
INPSIRED: The family lose their locks.

The family of a little girl with a rare type of eye cancer has raised more than £700 for charity with a joint head shave.

Wendy Oxendale, from Stoke-by-Nayland, was joined by her brother, Darren Porter, and his son, Chris, for the extreme hair loss.

The trio chose to shed their locks for Wendy’s four-year-old daughter Georgina, who has retinoblastoma – a condition that causes a tumour to develop in the retina and can result in the loss of the affected eye.

“The idea was to get people talking about this form of cancer and, although we can all feel the chill a bit more, it is worth it,” said Wendy, from Scotland Street.

The short back and sides took place at HBL hairdresser’s in North Street, Sudbury, last Saturday.

On the day, the family managed to raise an extra £90 to add to their sponsorship, which will go to Children with Cancer.

“Lots of people had never heard of the condition, but they were stopping and listening,” said Wendy.

“We were getting the message across.”

Georgina has undergone five sessions of chemotherapy and has one appointment remaining. Doctors are pleased with her progress and believe they will be able to save her eye.

“She thinks it is so funny that we have copied her and keeps laughing at us and rubbing our heads,” added Wendy.

“HBL were marvellous.”