Katrina waves goodbye to her locks

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BRAVE Katrina Thompson said goodbye to her locks in a fundraising event which went down a storm.

The Hartlepool mother-of-two and grandmother-of-one had all her hair shaved off and said afterwards: “What a day. It was amazing and the support was immense.”

Crowds gathered at Poppys hairdressing salon, in Victoria Road, Hartlepool, to see Katrina go bald in aid of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

The honour of chopping off the first batch of hair was promised to Katrina’s own granddaughter, Ruby Thornton, aged three.

Katrina admitted the whole experience had been: “Totally overwhelming and very humbling.

“There were volunteers there as well as fundraisers, family, friends and loads of dogs from the association. They all came to give my hair a send-off.”

The event proved so eye-catching that passing motorists and walkers got involved, said Katrina.

She added: “They were giving me donations as they went.”

She had praise for the team at Poppys, led by the salon owner Janice Auton.

Katrina, 41, said: “They looked after us all so well, handing out tea and coffee and even a box of chocolates went around. It was a very special day that I will never forget.”

Katrina also faced the scissors to highlight the need for more support for the association.

She said: “I am the only guide dog boarder in Hartlepool.

“There are only two puppy walkers and we desperately need more volunteers.

Anyone interested in getting involved should contact 0845 600 6787, email info@guidedogs.org.uk, visit www.guidedogs.org.uk, or get in touch via Twitter @GuideDogs.

People can still donate to Katrina’s fundraising campaign by visiting www.justgiving.com/Katrina-Thompson0 or donations by text send VKWP74 £1 (or any other amount) to 70070.