Viv and Adrian baldly go for Mallinder’s look

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A brother and sister have had their heads shaved by Saints’ boss Jim Mallinder to raise money for charity.

At a fund-raising event for the Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal, siblings Viv Walton and Adrian Cook had all their hair shaved off by the Saints rugby coach to support their mum, Jennifer Cook, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in October last year.

She has been having chemotherapy treatment since December which has caused her to lose her hair.

Teaching assistant Viv, who works at Spratton CofE Primary School, said: “We wanted to do something to raise money for a cancer charity and show support for our mum.

“My brother Adrian and I decided we would both get our heads shaved to show mum she’s not alone.”

About 100 people attended the fund-raising evening at Spratton village’s social club, raising £2,600, which will go towards buying equipment for Kettering General Hospital, Northampton General Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Several village businesses donated items for a raffle and an auction at the event, as well as local sports stars, motorcycle racer Maria Costello, and former England cricketer Devon Malcolm.

Of his contribution to the evening, Mr Mallinder said: “It was a fun evening and I was all too happy to be a part of it, especially as it helped such a great cause.

“Viv and Adrian were good sports, and hopefully I did a good job in shaving their hair off.

“I’ve had enough practice on myself after all.”

Meanwhile this year’s Crazy Hats sponsored walk will take place at the weekend.

The annual walk, now in its 10th year, takes place on Sunday at Wicksteed Park and participants are encouraged to wear unusual hats while they walk the course.

The money raised at the walk will go towards a £90,000 pot needed to fund specialist breast screening equipment for Northampton General Hospital aimed at speeding up and improving breast cancer diagnoses.