Fundraiser Mandy’s all set to get the chop!

Mandy Harrison with Kevin Powell
Mandy Harrison with Kevin Powell

HAIR today, gone tomorrow.

Brave fundraiser Mandy Harrison, 42, will lose her blonde locks next month as she plans a head shave to raise money for Hartlepool youngster Jasmine Sanderson.

Mandy Harrison with Kevin Powell

Mandy Harrison with Kevin Powell

Mandy read about Jasmine, who is one of just a handful of people in the country who suffers with Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP), and decided she wanted to do something to help.

The condition causes bones to grow over tendons, ligaments, joints and muscles and the youngster’s family have been on a dedicated fundraising drive to raise £120,000 by February next year in order to help fund much-needed treatment.

And Mandy is going to boost that total when she gets her hair shaved off on Saturday, July 28.

The mum-of-three and grandmother-of-five has already raised hundreds of pounds ahead of the daunting head shave, but is hoping for even more.

“I’m absolutely terrified,” said Mandy, who lives in Arkley Crescent, in Hartlepool.

“I’ve had a fringe for as long as I can remember but getting my head shaved is absolutely nothing compared to what Jasmine has to go through.

Mandy is friends with fellow fundraiser Kevin Powell, who featured in the Hartlepool Mail earlier this year when he revealed plans to do a Three Peaks challenge in support of the youngster.

Now she was keen to follow in his footsteps in a bid to raise cash.

Jasmine’s mum, Kelly, 33, who lives in the King Oswy area of Hartlepool with husband Ian, 38, and the couple’s other daughter, Sienna, seven, said: “We really do appreciate what Mandy is going to do.

“It’s such a big thing for a woman to lose her hair so for Mandy to want to do it in support of Jasmine is incredible.

“We are so grateful.”

Kelly said Jasmine is doing well at the minute but the childminder is completely focused on helping to raise as much money as possible to help fund treatment for her daughter.

She added: “We are just hoping treatment comes up in the next few years.

“It’s the best days of her life at the minute and we want that to remain for as long as possible.”

For more information about FOP or to support Jasmine visit www.fopaction.co.uk

Click tosupport Mandy in her fundraising challenge and Kev Powell in his Three Peaks challenge.