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Hair today, gone tomorrow! – Student union president at Hartlepool art college sacrifices her locks for charity

Paul Thompson from Families First cuts the ponytail off of Hannah Boal.

Paul Thompson from Families First cuts the ponytail off of Hannah Boal.

HAIR today, gone tomorrow.

It wasn’t exactly a typical day at work for the brave student union president at Cleveland College of Art and Design.

Hannah Boal strolled into the college, in Church Square, Hartlepool, on the morning with long brown locks.

By the time she left on the evening she had a skinhead.

But the razor sharp fundraising efforts of the brave 22-year-old means town charity Hartlepool Families First is now more than £700 better off.

Hannah is no stranger to supporting Families First so when she decided she would like to see how she looked with a shaved head, she thought she would use the opportunity to show her support for the “amazing” charity.

“It all started out because I said to my boyfriend one night that I would quite like to shave off my hair,” explained Hannah.

“I love supporting local charities, charities that make a huge difference in the area so I got in touch with Hartlepool Families First and told them about my plan.”

The charity’s staff were overwhelmed by Hannah’s support and joined dozens of students in the college for the moment her long hair was chopped by the staff at Poppy’s hairdressing salon, based in Victoria Road.

“I was nervous before I had seen how much I had raised,” said Hannah, who lives in Stockton, and admitted she didn’t think she would reach the £700 mark.

“But to get that support is amazing.”

And after looking in the mirror for the first time after the cut, she added: “It’s different, it will take some time to get properly used to it but I like it.

“The main thing is how much I have raised for the charity.”

Marcus Myrie, senior fundraising and corporate events officer at Hartlepool Families First, based at Cafe One77, in the town’s York Road, said: “Hannah has been a big supporter in the past and organised various events but for her to get her hair shaved off to raise money for Families First is such a fantastic gesture.”

The charity’s manager, Paul Thompson, added: “In what is such a tough financial climate this sort of donation will make a huge difference.

“It shows the value of the work we do that Hannah is willing to be brave enough to shave off her hair to help support us.”

Hannah is still receiving donations for the charity. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/hannahboal.

 

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