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Sunday 14 May 2017

Hair today, gone tomorrow for charity


A “fifty before fifty” challenge has encouraged one Crewe woman to stage a charity head shave in memory of her mother, and a local barman has also stepped forward to lose his golden locks!

Kerri Williams, who works at Bentley Motors, drew up a list of fifty unusual and exciting challenges that she had always wanted to experience before her landmark 50th birthday.

Over the last twelve months, she has been on the Acerbital Slide at the Olympic Park, braved the Velocity Zipline in North Wales, and completed the Crystal Maze in Manchester.

The opportunity to raise vital funds for charity saw an unexpected item added to the list, one that Kerri hopes will benefit a range of people.

She said: “Cutting my hair off sounds drastic, but it’s always been something that I have wanted to do. I wasn’t brave enough to go for it before.

“My mum had kidney dialysis for several years and I know how tough than can be on patients. They go through four-hour sessions, three times each week!

“I wanted to do something for the British Kidney Patients Association (BKPA), and sacrificing something as personal as my hair for my ongoing challenge is the perfect solution.”

The charity hair cut will take place at Crewe’s Crosville Club as part of an evening of celebration and fundraising.

Rock and Pop band SWaY will perform live, playing sounds from the sixties through to current-day chart hits that will appeal to all ages.

Local DJs, including soul master Andy Scoffin, will also provide a wide range of music, and many Crewe and Nantwich companies have donated prizes that will be raffled during the event.

Mobile hairdresser Kathleen Clarke will be on hand to perform the expert snipping, and the hair collected will also be put to good use when it is donated to children’s wig charity Little Princess Trust.

Tom Essex, a well-known barman at Hops Belgian Café Bar in Crewe, has also agreed to go under the scissors to support Kerri and help boost the total raised.

He said: “Kerri is one of many fantastic regulars at Hops, so it was an easy decision to step forward and help with the charity night.

“I’m not sure what I’m going to look like with no hair, but if that can also help raise cash for the charities then why not!”

The head-shave fundraiser takes place at the Crosville Club on Chester Street from 7.30pm on Saturday 17 June. Entry is free.

You can support Kerri’s fundraising efforts by donating via the Just Giving page

1 - Kerri Williams (right) with Tom Essex and Kathlene Clarke

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