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Teenager’s close shave raises funds for cancer

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TEENAGER Bethany Norman braved the shave to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of two relatives.

‘My gran died in 2012 of cancer and her mother also recently died, suspected of cancer,’ the 17-year-old explained.

‘So I wanted to do something for charity and thought Macmillan would be a good one to support.’

Bethany decided that ‘braving the shave’ would be a good fundraiser as she had seen other people raise lots of money that way.

Pic by Adrian Miller 14-09-20 College of FE - Student gets head shaved for Macmillan charity - Bethany Norman 17 having her hair cut by Mark Rayment.. (28688409)

Throughout summer she put a donation box out at her work, Trespass, and since going back to the College of Further Education, she moved it to the canteen.

This, combined with the donation page on the Macmillan website, has meant that Bethany has raised about £360 for the charity.

She arranged for the head of the Hair and Beauty course at the College of FE to cut her hair and on Monday evening walked away with a fresh trim.

Pic by Adrian Miller 14-09-20 College of FE - Student gets head shaved for Macmillan charity - Bethany Norman 17 having her hair cut by Mark Rayment.. (28688411)

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‘I was quite confident before,’ she said.

‘But when it came to sitting in the waiting area and actually sitting in the chair when they get the clippers out, I got a bit nervous.’

Before losing all of her locks, Bethany’s hair was styled into a mullet.

Pic by Adrian Miller 14-09-20 College of FE - Student gets head shaved for Macmillan charity - Bethany Norman 17 having her hair cut by Mark Rayment.. (28688419)

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‘I just wanted to see what it looked like,’ she said.

‘When I was sat there I thought “Ah, this is really it now, I’m actually doing this”.

‘But now my hair feels very light, it’s quite uplifting.’

This was not the first time Bethany has sported a short haircut.

Several years ago she donated a ponytail of her own hair to the Little Princess Trust, which creates wigs out of donated hair for young people.

Zoe Fitch

By Zoe Fitch
News reporter

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