THE blonde locks of a brave fundraiser were going, going, gone in support of a Hartlepool schoolgirl.
Mandy Harrison, 42, says she has been known as “Mandy Mop” since school due to her thick head of hair.
But her hair was shaved off in one swoop as Mandy set about raising hundreds of pounds for Jasmine Sanderson.
The mum of three and grandmother of five has never met Jasmine, who suffers with Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), a rare condition which causes bones to grow over tendons, ligaments, joints and muscles. She read about the five-year-old’s battle and wanted to help out.
And despite admitting she was “absolutely terrified” about the headshave, Mandy was delighted to reveal her efforts have so far raised nearly £600, with even more expected before the end of this week.
“It was terrifying, but well worth it,” said Mandy, who lives in Arkley Crescent, Hartlepool.
“I have really thick hair, and people have always called me Mandy Mop, so it feels so strange to have a skinhead cut. Everywhere I go people are staring at me. My grandchildren keep asking me when my hair is going to grow back.”
Mandy did not have a target of exactly how much she wanted to raise, but has been overwhelmed by the support of residents.
“It’s for a fantastic cause so I knew people would support me but to raise as much as we have done is brilliant,” said Mandy, who is currently unemployed.
“I would like to say a big thanks to everyone who has donated.”
Jasmine’s mum, Kelly Sanderson, 33, who lives in the King Oswy area of Hartlepool, with husband, Ian, 38, and their children, Jasmine and Sienna, seven, said: “We are so grateful, it’s an amazing thing to do to raise money for Jasmine.
“To raise that amount of money is unbelievable, it’s a great help.”
Jasmine’s family are joining the families of other sufferers throughout the country in trying to raise £120,000 by February next year to continue vital research.
To learn more about FOP or to support Jasmine visit www.fopaction.co.uk