A CHARITABLE South Tyneside mum has used her head to help boost the fight against cancer.
It was hair today, gone tomorrow, as Zoe Martin enjoyed a close shave to raise a whole lot of cash for Cancer Research.
The 26-year-old, from South Shields, has already raised more than £600 for the charity through the fundraising bid – but her cut curls haven’t stopped doing good just yet.
The mother-of-one, who lives with partner Jamie Davies, 25, and their seven-month-old son Travis, has kept hold of her lopped-off locks to boost another good cause.
Miss Martin is planning to send it to a children’s charity, which provides wigs for children who have lost their hair due to illness.
The Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson and Patricia Ridley, called in at Fusion Hair in Horsley Hill, South Shields, to start off the cutting before salon owner, and Miss Martin’s close friend, Paula Rylance, completed the job.
Miss Martin said she was growing tired of having long hair, and decided to help out others and give a big cut to charity.
She said: “Cancer affects so many people and I have had friends and family who have been affected by it.
“I just wanted to do something to raise as much money as possible.
“When I was pregnant last year, my hair grew really long.
“I’ve never had long hair before and didn’t know what to do with it.
“I just thought someone else would get more benefit out of it.”
“I decided to do the shave at Fusion Hair Salon, as the owner Paula is a close friend of mine.
“I wouldn’t have trusted anyone else to do it. I am also going to donate my hair to a children’s charity.
“I have the hair ready to send off, and I’m researching which charity will be helped best.” Miss Martin is delighted to have won so much support for her charity bid.
She added: “So far the head-shave has raised more than £600 and there is still some sponsorship to count up.
“I am really happy with the amount that has been raised and thankful for everyone who donated.
“I’m still getting used to the hair cut.
“I still get a bit of a fright when I look in the mirror.
“But I was happy to do it, as it is raising money for a good cause.”