Doncaster woman to shave head to raise money for bereavement charity
After losing a family member, a Doncaster woman has decided to shave off her luscious locks to raise £1,000 for a bereavement charity and hopes to raise awareness about mental illness.
Cheryl Lawson is known for her long, curly, red hair.
But she is planning to shave it all off for the charity Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide.
The 33-year-old from Scawthorpe, said: “My sister's fiance Pete committed suicide on May 21 of this year.
“He suffered from a borderline personality disorder and had bouts of depression.“Lockdown did not help the situation.
“Some days he could cope but others were difficult.”
Cheryl says that Pete Sims, 34, of Cusworth was an outgoing and joyful man.
He was often described as the life of the party and was a great father to son Edwin.
“He had struggled for years and gone through so much,” Cheryl said.
“I know that he would be 100 per cent behind it.”
She has wanted to do a head shave for many years but has waited for the right cause which means something personal to her.
Cheryl has so far raised £850 and is planning on doing the big shave when she reaches £1,000.
She said: “I’m looking forward to shaving it off because I have so much hair and it will be nice to be able to wake up in the morning and not have to tame it.
“My hair is how a lot of people recognise me so I thought it would be symbolic to take that away.
“When people struggle with mental illness that is sometimes the only thing people can see about them.”
Cheryl wants to start more conversations in Doncaster about mental illness and how it’s treated in our town.
“There is a shut up and put up attitude in our town,” she continued.
“Lockdown has put a lot of extra stress on people and I truly believe that we need to talk and change attitudes around mental health.”
If you want to donate to Cheryl’s head shave you can do here.