A Highburton woman won’t be having a bad hair day for a while - after undergoing a sponsored head shave.
Jessica Prideaux, 36, had her lovely locks snipped off and her head shaved to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and the Little Princess Trust.
Jessica had been inspired to do something for the Heart Foundation because of the problems that had affected friends and family, including her own mum and her boss’s wife, Angie Brook, who recently had major heart surgery.
Donald Brook, Jessica’s boss and Angie’s husband was present at the hair cutting, along with Jessica’s husband, David.
Jessica said: “I didn’t feel able to do something like a 10k run and decided on a headshave.
“I wanted to show my support to all those who have lost their loved ones and to the survivors of silent but deadly heart problems.
“We do not know when, how or why it comes after us like thieves in the night. Therefore more research needs to be done to create higher awareness.
“Some of us were not prepared for it but this might help others to be more prepared in the future.”
Jessica followed the example of singer Jessie J, who had her trademark black bob shaved off to raise money for the charity Comic Relief.
Jessica, an administrator for Clark and Partners, wheelchair suppliers, had initially set herself a target of £600 but this has already been achieved, with the current amount topping £800.
Emily Holland, from Stylish Thoughts hairdressers in Honley did the deed with the scissors and cut Jessica’s hair for free.
Her long black hair with brown highlights, was carefully snipped off and braided so it could be was donated to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children suffering from cancer.
Jessica’s husband David, said: “I am thrilled she has put herself out there to be sponsored.
“She has already gone past her target, thanks to a lot of friends and family that have donated.”
But Jessica might soon be out of pocket herself.
She plans to buy a hat for the winter as the first thing she noticed after her hair had been chopped off was the breeze on her head, which was a slightly strange sensation.
To support Jessica her justgiving page can be found at www.justgiving.com/Jessica-Looi