Hartlepool teen has head shaved to support cancer-stricken mum

Jessica Harrison with mum Lynne before she had her head shaved.
Jessica Harrison with mum Lynne before she had her head shaved.

A teenager has raised hundreds of pounds after having her head shaved to support her brave mum.

Jessica Harrison, 18, from Hartlepool, wanted to do something to make a difference for charity after finding out her mum Lynne, 53, had breast cancer.

Jessica Harrison after having her head shaved for charity'.

Jessica Harrison after having her head shaved for charity'.

And by complete coincidence, she booked in to have all her hair shaved off on the same day that Lynne underwent her first session of chemotherapy.

Lynne said: “I am so proud of her. I tried to persuade her out of it but she was determined. She made her own mind up and now that she has done it, it really suits her.”

Jessica had hair down to her shoulders before taking the plunge with a charity head shave at Jessica M hairdressers in Hartlepool.

She said: “It went really well. It feels really weird and my head is cold but I wanted to do something for my mum.”

I am so proud of her. I tried to persuade her out of it but she was determined. She made her own mind up and now that she has done it, it really suits her

Lynne Harrison

Jessica is a student at Stockton Riverside College and in the second year of a two-year BTEC level 3 Musical Theatre course.

She has already raised £1,060 through a Go Fund Me page with another £170 added in cash donations.

And more money is expected to pour in as Jessica continues to count the amount she raised for Breast Cancer Care.

Mum Lynne, who works as a full-time librarian at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, said: “I found out on September 20 that I have breast cancer.”

Jessica Harrison with Abby Ermitage stylist at Jessica M Hairdressers after having her head shaved'.

Jessica Harrison with Abby Ermitage stylist at Jessica M Hairdressers after having her head shaved'.

Lynne, who also has two sons, praised her friends who had been “a massive support.”

She added: “I would like to thank them all for kind thoughts.”

Lynne underwent her first chemotherapy session on the day her daughter held the fundraising head shave.

Two more bouts of chemotherapy will follow with the last on the day before Christmas Eve. Then, experts will assess her progress.

She said being diagnosed with breast cancer “was a lot to take on. It is a big shock.”

Breast Cancer Care is a national charity providing care, information and support to people affected by breast cancer.

Anyone wanting to find out more should visit the charity’s website at https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk, or call 0808 800 6000.