Close shave helps to raise big total

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A hair-raising way to collect cash for an important good cause has been extremely successful.

A charity night was organised at Fusion Hair and Beauty in Blyth and town resident Mandy Mcdonald agreed to have her head shaved as part of the activities to raise funds for youngster Frankie Sherwood, of Dudley, who is battling cancer.

Mandy pictured after the big cut in aid of Frankie Sherwood.

Mandy pictured after the big cut in aid of Frankie Sherwood.

Lisa Tate, who runs the salon, did the big cut. Her daughter, Simone Tate, painted nails to add to the total and her sister, Laura Barnett, came up with the idea for the event.

The other ways to raise funds on the night included bingo and raffles and those who attended were asked to wear pyjamas – £1,261 was donated to the fund for Frankie.

Mandy said: “I wasn’t too nervous about the head shave, it was actually family and friends who were more nervous for me and saying I was very brave.

“I dyed it dark red for a week or so, then I dyed it back to black.

Lisa Tate shaved Mandy Mcdonalds head at her salon in Blyth.

Lisa Tate shaved Mandy Mcdonalds head at her salon in Blyth.

“I can’t wait for it to grow back, but in saying that, I would do it again if it meant raising money to help a very poorly child.”

Family and friends of three-year-old Frankie were left devastated after traces of neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive childhood cancer, returned at the base of his skull, just weeks before he was due to end his treatment.

The campaign aims to help raise £550,000 for Frankie to receive life-saving treatment in the USA. For more information and to make a donation, visit www.gofundme.com/FrankieJSherwood