A 12-year-old girl from Towcester had a hair-raising time after shaving her head in memory of the aunt she lost four years ago.
Last Wednesday Bryony Hughes had her head shaved at the Flame Hair Studio in Richmond Road to raise money for Katharine House Hospice near Banbury. As an eight-year-old in 2009, she would visit her aunt Karen at the hospice before she lost her battle with cancer, aged 39.
Despite a few emotional moments as hairdressing sister Sophie gave Bryony a crew cut, an army of supporters, including family and friends from Sponne School, gave her the confidence to carry on.
Miss Hughes said the hospice made her aunt as comfortable as possible, allowing her to concentrate on what was most important in her final few days.
She added: “I’d always wanted to do something for the hospice, my aunt really liked it there. She never worried about herself, it was all about us.”
Best friend Abigail Daniells, who was there to support Bryony said: “It’s amazing, she was really sad at the time, but she’s done really well and I think she’s really brave having her hair shaved.”
Dad Mike said: “I think she’s really brave. She’s wanted to do it for a long time.
“We were all hit by the loss of her aunt Karen and she just wanted to give something back.
“Basically I’m really pleased she’s raising money for a good cause, and everyone is really proud of her.”
Katharine House fundraising manager Sue Lane said every penny counted and they were delighted by Bryony’s commitment.
Bryony hopes to raise more than £500 for the hospice. To support her fundraising visit www.justgiving.com/Bryonyhughes123.