Teachers go under the razor for Cancer Research

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Two primary school support staff have shaved their heads after one of their mothers was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Michelle Martin and Helen Pattison, who both work at East Ardsley Primary School, went under the razor after Helen’s mum Jean was told she had the disease. The two ladies set an original target of raising £250 for Cancer Research, but as a result of their efforts and the contributions of sponsors they have managed to generate more than £1,400.

We can’t quite believe how much we’ve raised and it’s just outstanding how many people are supporting us.

Julie Fletcher

Helen, a teaching assistant, and Michelle, who works with children with special needs, went ahead with the trim at the Room 97 hair salon at Trinity Walk in Wakefield where the shave was performed by Marcello Moccia free of charge.

Julie Fletcher, a friend and colleague of the two ladies who helped organise the fundraiser, said: “We can’t quite believe how much we’ve raised and it’s just outstanding how many people are supporting us.

Michelle and Helen said that if the money raised reached £1,000 they would shave their hair off and so they’ve been true to their word.”

And the fundraising isn’t finished yet, as the three women look ahead to the Pretty Muddy Race for Life challenge at Temple Newsam on May 30, where proceeds will again go to Cancer Research.

Julie said: “We’ve all done a bit of running but we’re not going to run it as a race - we’re all just going to stick together and do it at our own pace.”

To donate to the ladies’ cause and help them raise money for the charity, visit justgiving.com/east-ardsley-angels.