Val Bourner sacrificed her crowning glory to raise funds for hospice care - and hasn’t she done well? She has passed her original target of £500 and has already achieved £780 for Demelza and St Michael’s.
She held the event in Devonshire Road and said: “After months of organising, fundraising and collecting raffle prizes, Saturday was the climax! I was worried scared and very emotional, not so much about losing my hair, but whether I would raise enough money? I didn’t in my wildest dreams think so many people would come down and support me! No.48 was packed with not only my wonderful family and friends that have supported me and I couldn’t have done without, but people that I’ve never met. Everyone was so generous with donations and cheering me on! I even had a hat given to me that wasn’t only hand-knitted, but the wool was home spun too. The best part for me was when Luke, a young man supported by Demelza, with the help of his mum cut one of my ponytails off. It was what my challenge was all about. I had people telling me their husband or wife, family member or friend had suffered with cancer and thanking me for what I did. I felt very humbled.” Val thanks family and friends but also staff of No.48 cafe who cleared up the hair - “and there was quite a lot of it.” Val’s donations online page will be open until the end of the month - go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Hair-today-gone-tomorrow