Hebburn mum shaves head in aid of autism charity

Natalie Mckee has had her head shaved to raise money for an autism charity as her son Cameron Ratcliffe has the condition.
Natalie Mckee has had her head shaved to raise money for an autism charity as her son Cameron Ratcliffe has the condition.

The mother of an autistic boy has lost her locks in aid of a charity which offered much-needed support to her family.

Natalie Mckee’s son Cameron was given his autism diagnosis when he was eight years old.

Natalie Mckee before she had her head shaved to raise money for the North East Autism Society.

Natalie Mckee before she had her head shaved to raise money for the North East Autism Society.

He’s now 13, and the 30-year-old mum, from Hebburn, says it has been a struggle.

But after receiving support from the North East Autism Society, she felt compelled to do something to show her appreciation.

She said: “Shaving my hair off has been something that’s crossed my mind before and I wanted to do something to raise money for the Autism Society.

“I just wanted to give something back to the charity for the way they helped us as a family as well as raise awareness of autism.

It was upsetting to see the hair falling off

Natalie McKee

“Cameron is 13 years old and it has been a struggle, every day is different with him. But I wouldn’t change him for the world.”

Ms Mckee lost her locks during an event held at the Mill Tavern pub in Mill Lane Hebburn.

To date, she has raised about £500 through cash and online donations. She has also donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust.

“It was nerve-racking but also exciting too,” said Mrs Mckee.

Natalie and her autistic son Cameron after her sponsored headshave.

Natalie and her autistic son Cameron after her sponsored headshave.

“I did have a bit of a wobble a couple of weeks ago wondering if I would be able to go through with it.

“I put my hair in sections and each of the kids were able to cut a bit off and my mam, Debbie Maloney, finished it off.

“It was upsetting at first seeing the hair falling off. But I’m quite pleased with it. I didn’t think I would suit it as much as I do.”

“The amount I have raised has been amazing, I’ve had so much support.

“I’m keeping my fundraising page open for a few more weeks if anyone would like to still donate.”

Anyone who would like to donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/headshaveforautism