A woman diagnosed with breast cancer was joined by her mother in having her head shaved to raise money for a charity which supports those suffering from the disease.
Jamie Rowe, who lives in Rothwell, was supported by her mum Tess Burford, who also received a close shave. The duo raised more than £560.
The fundraiser took place on Saturday, November 30, at Rothwell Heritage Centre.
The 34-year-old, herself a mother-of-two, was raising money for Breast Cancer Care, which provides emotional and practical support for those affected by the illness and also promotes the importance of early detection of signs of the disease.
Jamie said: “I was diagnosed with breast cancer on September 27. I asked them there and then whether I would lose my hair, and they said yes.”
She remembered saying, while she was sat in a restaurant with her father and her son – who already had buzz cuts – that she would be joining them in having cropped hair within a matter of months.
And it prompted mum Tess also to volunteer to take part in the fundraiser, which took place on her 62nd birthday.
Jamie said: “She did it for me, and I did it for the charity.”
She said having it shaved off has helped raise money for a good cause, and added: “It saves me the pain of it falling out on a daily basis.”
Jamie said she had been inspired by a similar venture a friend of hers had undertaken, adding: “Five years ago an old schoolfriend of mine shaved her hair off first (before she lost it) and did a fundraiser.”
And Jamie says she is determined to remain upbeat, saying: “It’s a battle that I can win.
“I’ve just had my second session of chemotherapy. It’s kicking my ass but it’s getting me through it.”
Jamie said her initial target had been to raise £300 for Breast Cancer Care, but she ended up bringing in almost double that.
She also said she was hoping to organise more events in the New Year. She added: “I am just trying to get through to Christmas as healthy as I can to spend quality time with the children.”
Lisa Brown, area fundraiser at Breast Cancer Care, said: “We are delighted that Jamie Rowe is shaving her hair to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care.
The fundraising efforts of individuals such as Jamie Rowe are hugely appreciated and ensure that we can continue our life-saving work.”
To donate, log on to www.justgiving.com/jamie-rowe3.