Two kind-hearted Corby people who had their heads shaved in front of a huge audience of friends and family have helped raise thousands of pounds for charity and to help out a relative who is undergoing treatment for brain cancer.
Catherine Anderson, 36, who is originally from Corby but now lives in Uppingham, began chemotherapy just a few weeks ago after being diagnosed with cancer in August last year.
Her cousin Charlene Saunderson and niece Safie Anderson, 10, both from Corby, wanted to do something to help Catherine, better-known to friends and family as Cat, and on Sunday, January 25, they had their heads shaved in front of a large crowd at the Shire Horse pub in Corby.
before the event, and since then, donations have flooded in and Charlene said a grand total of £5,000 has been raised.
Charlene’s husband’s employers, British American Tobacco, have also agreed to match the first £1,000 raised.
Speaking this week, Charlene said: “The support we have had has been a bit overwhelming.
“We were splitting the money between the Brain Cancer Research charity and Cat and her family, to help them with travel costs and other costs because Cat cannot work, but lots of people said they wanted the money to go to Cat specifically.
“We will be donating £1,000 of the money raised, plus the matched amount of £1,000 to the charity and the remainder is going to Cat and her family.
“Cat has been so strong and amazing since being diagnosed in August last year and we really wanted to do something to help out.
“Cat was losing her hair because of the treatments she is receiving so we wanted to do something that would show some solidarity.”
Charlene said she had originally been hoping to raise £1,000 and added that they reached that amount very quickly.
She added: “People have been so supportive.
“I’ve been stopped in the street by people I know who wanted to donate a few pounds.
“We also had a raffle and businesses in the Corby area were really generous in donating prizes and that kind of thing.”
Charlene said friends and family have told her that her new hairstyle suits her.
She added: “I’m not sure if I believe them though and I haven’t decided what I will do when it grows back.”
The head shave was carried out on the day by Hayley Nicol, a hairdresser at Corby-based Hair by Hayley.