Duffryn pair's headshave raises £750 for cancer support

HAIR-RAISING: Melissa Lothian, top and Donna Meredith

FOR THE CHOP: Melissa Lothian, left and Donna Meredith prepare to lose their locks for Macmillan Cancer Support

First published in News

CHARITY fundraisers from Newport raised £750 for a cancer charity by having their heads shaved at a community centre.

Melissa Lothian, 29, and friend Donna Meredith, 46, shaved their heads for Macmillan Cancer Support when they realised they would make far more money doing that than staying in at home as part of the charity’s night in fundraiser on May 16.

Ms Lothian and Ms Meredith, a dinner lady at Duffryn Junior School, also donated their hair to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that produces wigs for children who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment.

And Ms Lothian said she does not miss her hair at all: “I love it. I like it because it’s so easy to manage.”

She said she was spurred on to raise money for Macmillan when she herself had a cancer scare, which turned out to be a false alarm.

The friends supplemented the money donated to them for the head shave by selling raffle tickets in the Duffryn area at its post office and at The Stone House pub.

Donations came from as far away as from Birmingham, where Ms Lothian’s mother lives and works.

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