A young daughter has shown a significant amount of support for her mum through her battle with cancer.
Sophie Shelton, 27, shaved off her hair as a show of solidarity to her mum, Michelle Clegg, after she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
This unique and inspirational idea took place on Saturday at Soothill Working Men’s club where Sophie was joined and supported by family and friends.
Sophie said: “Basically I’ve always been such a girly girl and anybody that knew me would not believe I could shave my hair off.
“So I think it was a test for myself but I felt as it was quite extreme it would raise a significant amount of money.
“I was excited during the weeks running up to the event but that morning I was shaking with nerves.
“A minute before it took place I started to cry as I didn’t think I could go through with it but after looking at all the proud people there, including my mum, I snapped out of it and I’m so glad I did it.”
Sophie’s hair shaving event was also raising money for Cancer Research UK, and it is safe to say she smashed her target of £3,000 by raising an incredible amount of more than £6,000.
The donations have been flooding in, both online and at the Tanning Studios, the salon that Sophie and her mum collectively own on Commercial Street, Batley.
“I am absolutely overwhelmed at people’s generosity, the support I’ve had has been lovely, and I did not have to ask for a single raffle prize either, everybody approached me which was brilliant”
“It costs £108 for one scientist in a lab for a day, so my donations are going to go a long way and be put to good use into finding a cure,” added Sophie.
Over 300 people attended the event, and approximately £1,600 was raised on the night itself.
Sophie described the occasion as “amazing” and said the turnout was “phenomenal”.
“It was better than I ever imagined, I will never forget how many people supported me and I will always be there to lend a helping hand to any one of them.
“In fact it’s spurred me on to do more fundraising for different charities and I’m actually considering going to Gambia to take Supplies for unfortunate families and children.”
You can still donate at: https://www.justgiving.com/Sophie-Shelton1