THE loving mum of a young cerebral palsy sufferer cut a brave figure as she kickstarted a fundraising campaign to send her son to America.
Aimee Jackson, 22, had her brown locks chopped in a sponsored headshave in support of five-year-old Curtis Jackson.
Curtis, whose story appeared in the Hartlepool Mail last week, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was just one-year-old and the condition prevents the frustrated youngster from running, riding a bike or scooter or playing football with his friends.
But his dedicated family have now started a fundraising campaign to rake in £70,000, the amount needed to send the Lynnfield Primary School pupil over the pond for pioneering treatment.
And in the very first step towards reaching the total, Aimee visited Beautilicious, in Duke Street, in the town, where all of her hair was snipped off.
“It doesn’t actually look too bad, I think I quite suit it,” said Aimee, also a mum of one-year-old Yasmin Jackson, after her haircut was finished.
“I know it’s a lot of money to raise but I’m going to do everything I can to get as much as we can.
“I thought this was one way of letting people know about what we are doing and hopefully start to raise the money.
“We have already had family and friends and people saying they want to help out.”
Aimee, who lives with her partner, Dean Wilmot, and their children, in Lister Street, in the town, had raised more than £100 before the chop this week.
But people can still sponsor her and get in touch about their own fundraising activities by visiting a Facebook page dedicated to the fundraising campaign.
Aimee admits she broke down into floods of tears when she was given her son’s diagnosis.
But she is amazed by Curtis’s remarkable positive attitude and is dedicated to raising enough money to send Curtis for the treatment, which will involve heel cord lengthening and other intricate operations to help straighten the youngster’s right foot.
To support Curtis visit www.facebook.com/CurtisWilmotJacksonsendMeToAmerica.