Rhos on Sea student braves the shave for cancer charity


Annie Roberts

A COLLEGE student took the plunge and shaved off all her hair to raise money for a cancer charity which is close to her heart.

Nineteen-year-old Rosie Hutchinson from Llanfairfechan lost her multi-coloured locks when her dad Alan shaved her hair off at one of the college’s hairdressing salons in front of a packed house.

Rosie, who is studying on the BTEC Level 3 Applied Science course at Coleg Llandrillo, was supporting the national BravetheShave initiative in aid of the MacMillan Cancer Support charity.

Her mum Philippa took on a similar challenge in 2015, which inspired Rosie to brave the shave.

“It feels so liberating; I wish that I had done it years ago.” Rosie said: “I have wanted to get rid of my dyed hair for years, so this was an excellent opportunity to do that and raise money for such an important cause. I watched my mother shave her hair off a while back and ever since then I've thought, ‘what can I do to help others’.”

Rosie added: “One of my best friend’s boyfriend lost a leg to cancer, so that initially spurred me on. I put a post on social media saying that I was ‘thinking about it’, but after so much good-natured pressure – especially from my brother – I took the plunge. My friends and family have been so supportive; this morning, even my dentist gave me a donation.”

Rosie will be going to Nottingham Trent University in the autumn to study Forensic Science.

Hairdressing tutor Wendy Jones, who helped facilitate the event, said: “We are all very proud of Rosie. It is a great gesture and a marvellous thing for a teenage girl to do. Our Hairdressing students were full of admiration.”

MacMillan Cancer Support also tweeted its support for the 19-year-old and posted: “This is a great effort - thanks Rosie for raising a fantastic £600 to help support people with #cancer in #Wales.  #BravetheShave”

There are 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK today, and as more people live longer with their cancer, this number is set to grow to 4 million by 2030.

To donate to Rosie, go to www.bravetheshave. org.uk and search for Rosie Hutchinson.

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