A brave shop worker in Chichester has raised around £800 for a cancer charity after she decided to shave her head.
Sharon Manning, a furnishing administrator from Closs & Hamblin, in North Street, had a hair-raising idea to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer.
Stylist Alex Cohen from Q Hair and Beauty, just a few doors down from the fabric and haberdashery shop, lent a helping hand by performing the head shave.
She said: “This is the first time I have shaved a head for charity. It was really exciting to do this and see all the faces of support.
“I feel honoured to have done this and it’s a lovely thing to do for such a good cause. To be part of doing something so big is really nice.”
Sharon, who has worked at the shop for 18 years, had a target of £250 but exceeded her expectations by raising over £800 at the time of doing the shave on Friday afternoon.
“I chose the charity because I know loads of people who have had it and need it and I just wanted to help.
“This has never been done in this shop before. We do lots of fundraising here, people do walks and bakes but this hasn’t happened. I wanted to do something different and I didn’t want to bake a cake!”
Sharon only had short hair before but she still plucked up the courage to go shorter.
“I was very nervous this morning but it’s all right now. It’s a bit freaky but I quite like it. My mother will have a fit!”
Kain Lawrence, general manager of Q Hair and Beauty Group, said: “Any way that we can be actively involved in the community is always on our radar, whether that be community events or days like today where we can help someone with a great cause.
“Shaving your head is a scary prospect and I know that donations from the team came flooding in on the day.
“We are actively looking for more community projects to join and if we can help, we’d love to hear from you! Email me: email@example.com”
To donate to Sharon’s fundraising, visit: bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shavers/sharon-manning