THE striking red locks of Alison Sheppard’s hair are living on borrowed time.
In a matter of weeks, it will all be gone ... and the 42-year-old from Great Cornard will have only the prickle of a freshly shaved head for comfort.
But Alison, who along with four others is undertaking a charity head shave, is safe in the knowledge that her hair will grow back and the puzzled looks of passers-by will be a thing of the past – she knows other people who might not be so lucky.
“I’ve been organising the head shave since just after Christmas when I found out that a family member and a close friend both had breast cancer,” said Alison, who has chosen to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
“They were diagnosed within weeks of one another and it was really shocking as you just don’t expect anyone close to you to be told they have cancer.
“It has been hard and I’ve been trying to give all the support I can.”
News of the headshave, which is being held at the Five Bells pub, has spread like wild fire and Alison will be joined by Mick Broughton, who will be having his chest waxed, and Mike Whiteheart, who will be saying goodbye to his beard and hair. Both Mick and Mike will be raising cash for the Sick Children’s Trust.
Fourteen-year-old Emily Lewis has also agreed to have her head shaved for Winston’s Wish, as has Andrew Hogsbjerg.
“Everyone is doing this for a cause that is close to their heart,” said Alison, who lives with her husband Marcus and children Rhys, 13, and Grace, three.
“I am doing pretty well on the fundraisng but have a few weeks to raise more,” Alison added.
q To sponsor the head shave, which will be held at 4pm on April 29, and any of the charities involved, contact Alison on 07787 703346.