Clacton’s mum cuts hair for cancer charities after son’s fight
A mum whose young son was diagnosed with cancer has had her long hair cut to benefit two essential, life-changing charities.
Julie Williams, from Clacton, has raised over £500 for the Robin Cancer Trust and has also donated pieces of her dark brown hair to the Little Princess Trust.
The former raises awareness of testicular and ovarian cancer, while the latter uses real hair to make wigs for children battling this horrible disease.
Julie decided to embark on her fundraising campaign after her son Tom, now 24, was diagnosed with testicular cancer two years ago.
Luckily he is now in remission and completed the Brighton Marathon last year, generating a staggering £3,000 for Cancer Research UK.
She underwent her hair transformation at the hands of stylist Gemma earlier this month in front of an audience of friends and family at Debonair Hairdressers.
Julie said: “Two years ago my son Tom was diagnosed with testicular cancer aged 22 and after undergoing intensive chemotherapy treatment he lost his hair.
“That’s when I decided to grow out my hair so that I could donate it to the Little Princess Trust for children who have lost their hair due to illness or health condition. .
“I also wanted to raise money for The Robin Cancer Trust to help them continue to raise awareness about testicular cancer.
“Tom is now in remission and it was his inspiration that motivated me to grow my hair long and complete this journey.”
Darren Couchman, community engagement manager for the Robin Cancer Trust, has now praised Julie for her efforts.
He added: “We are very grateful to Julie for raising such a fantastic amount of money for our rescue work – she has done so well.
“It will make a big difference for us and allow us to continue to raise awareness about testicular cancer through our educational talks and digital campaigns.
“What a great thing to do to support two very worthy causes and to also show your support for his son Tom – well done Julie and your new hairdo looks really good on you.”
To donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/julie-williams145.
Photos: Simon Rich