A HAIR-RAISING fundraiser by a woman who lost her dad and husband to cancer has been hailed a success.
Kind-hearted Alexandra Rippon, 43, lost her father Joe Maguire to the killer disease in 1993. Mr Maguire was just 56.
Then five years later her husband David Rippon died of cancer in 1998, aged 38.
Now brave Mrs Rippon has had her long locks shaved off in tribute to the pair.
The fundraiser made £1,721 in sponsorship, which is going to Cancer Research.
In addition Mrs Rippon is donating two 12-inch locks, which were cut away before the rest of her hair was shaved off, to the Little Princess Trust, which specialises in providing real-hair wigs to boys and girls who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
“It took me years to grow my hair this length but the fundraiser’s well worth it,” said Mrs Rippon, of Ernest Parry Road, Caia Park, Wrexham.
“Some people have asked if I was worried about it at all – and my answer was ‘No’. I know I’m helping others.”
The headshave took place at Ann-Marie’s Cutting Corners salon in Holt Road.
Alexandra said she had tremendous support from so many people and businesses and would like to thank everyone involved for their great generosity.
A prize raffle to bolster funds is due to be drawn today.
In the run up to the head shave, Mrs Rippon went around Wrexham raising sponsorship dressed in an eye-catching pink tutu.
“I’m very happy that everything went so well,” she added.
“I have no regrets at all. I’m pretty much bald now.
“I don’t know how long it will take to grow my hair back.”