Raising money by razing heads at the Doverdale Arms

Making the most of their long hair: Alena Murphy with Megan Davies and Amber Griffin. Image courtesy of Zara Douthwaite. SP

Making the most of their long hair: Alena Murphy with Megan Davies and Amber Griffin. Image courtesy of Zara Douthwaite. SP

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THIS Saturday three brave fundraisers will be losing their hair as part of a charity event at the Doverdale Arms in Droitwich.

Alena Murphy is taking the plunge and shaving her head completely to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, while two 10-year-old girls Amber Griffin and Megan Davies will be having their long hair shorn, to donate to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children having chemotherapy treatment.

The pub has decided to make a day of the event and hopefully raise some more cash for the charities, with everything from face painting tnas competitions, to a bouncy castle, barbecue and bric-a-brac and cake stands.

Ms Murphy decided to have her head shaved after her mother was diagnosed with lymphoma, and already has more than £800 in sponsorship.

Yvonne Harris, landlady at the Doverdale Arms and a close friend of Ms Murphy, said: “When she was first diagnosed she was on her death bed, it was awful and heartbreaking. Obviously we’re just trying to support Alena, she’s decided she’s going to do the head shaving, so we’re going to make an event day of it.”

Several local businesses have donated prizes for various competitions, and there are plans to add an extra prize for someone to take a more active role in the afternoon’s fun.

Mrs Harris added: “With Alena what we’re trying to do is an auction, with a keen volunteer to cut her hair. We have got a professional hairdresser for the two girls, but to shave Alena’s head we’re auctioning off the idea of doing it.”

The fun day will be running from 2pm at the Doverdale Arms with the big hair cuts taking place at 4pm.

Anyone is welcome to go along, but donations can also be made to Ms Murphy’s headshave at justgiving.com/alenajayne or to the Little Princess Trust at littleprincesses.org.uk.

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