Watch South Tyneside headteacher getting a drastic new look as she shaves ALL her hair for Hebburn Helps

A South Tyneside head teacher is getting used to her drastic new look after she braved the shave to raise thousands for a local food bank.

By Sarah Sinclair
Wednesday, 20th May 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st May 2020, 2:12 pm

Pupils at St Oswald’s s CE VA Primary School in Hebburn and Bede Burn Primary School in Monkton may not recognise their head teacher when they return to school following the coronavirus lockdown.

As well as delivering food parcels and isolation packs, the food bank has been providing around 120 packed lunches every day for children whose parents are struggling during the crisis.

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St Oswald's Primary School headteacher, Helen Smith before and after.

On Saturday, May 2, Helen’s daughter Poppy shaved off all of her mum’s hair – leaving her looking dramatically different.

She has now raised more than £2,500 for Hebburn Helps - despite only setting herself a target of £250.

Helen, who has been volunteering with the food bank on the days she is not taking care of the children of key workers at school, was “blown away” by what co-founders Angie Comerford and Jo Durkin had done for the school over the last few weeks.

“Hebburn Helps is such an amazing cause, our school would be lost without Angie and Jo especially during the Covid 19 period,” she said.

St Oswald's Primary School headteacher Helen Smith shows off her drastic new look.

“The fundraiser went unbelievably well, everyone was so supportive and generous. I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone in the community – I am so proud to be a part of Hebburn and Jarrow.”

And the mum-of-two is even learning to love her new look.

“At first it seemed pretty drastic but I’m getting used to it now,” she added.

“It’s brilliant for getting ready - so quick in the shower.”

Helen and daughter Poppy Smith.

Angie Comerford of Hebburn Helps commented: “I would just like to add how amazing Helen is. Not only is she a fab head teacher but a truly kind and caring soul. It’s been a pleasure to have her work alongside of us throughout this crisis.”

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