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.
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 offNatalie 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.
“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