Community Photography: Razor Girls’ Fundraiser

Community Photography – Hair Raising Charity Head Shave for

the CF Trust

Imagine having a child who needs to take over 30 tablets a day and endure nebulised drug treatment and 2-3 strict physiotherapy sessions as part of their daily routine. A child for whom hospitalisation for painful procedures such as IV antibiotics and bronchoscopies is a regular part of life. Imagine living with the knowledge that all this can only delay the deterioration of your child’s lung function and that, inevitably, their life span will be shortened because of it.

Sara and Catherine live with this reality as both have children who suffer from the debilitating and life-shortening condition, Cystic Fibrosis (CF). The good news is that the Cystic Fibrosis Trust (CFT) has funded ongoing research into a drug which appears to be on the verge of removing the life-threatening element of CF. Progress almost stalled last year due to lack of funding, leaving the onus for raising money on the families of sufferers. These two families have already raised over £30,000 between them – imagine dealing with all the above and having to take on the mammoth task of fundraising as well.

On Saturday night I was delighted to be involved with some community photography involving these two feisty ladies, one razor-weilding hairdresser (Anya from Carey’s Barbers, Warwicks Garden Centre) and one baying mob at the Rose and Crown Bistro & Pub, Yardley Hastings, as Sara and Catherine sacrificed their crowning glory to the cause.

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Sara and Catherine: nervous smiles before the cut

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Keeping an eye on Mum

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Catherine watches as Sara takes the plunge, filmed by her eldest son

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Sara decided to pause to “enjoy” a mohican cut…

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Catherine’s turn in “the chair”

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Halfway

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Relief – and triumph!

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And Catherine feels the breeze

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Dedicated mothers, beautiful women

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Applause – and countless generous donations

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Inside the Rose and Crown

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As the ladies pull a pint, one follically-challenged onlooker finds a use for their discarded locks

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The Fundraisers of Yardley Hastings, with Sara’s proud son, Samuel

Find out more about Cystic Fibrosis, the Razor Girls’ Challenge and donate if you can on Sara and Catherine’s Fundraising Page

It’s a funny thing, hair. To most women it represents femininity, fertility and beauty. Sara and Catherine both struggled a little with the idea of shaving their heads, but as they say: “Our discomfort will be short-lived and our hair will grow back.  Unlike the symptoms and discomfort our children experience every day of their lives.” 

Nevertheless, on Friday the ladies will be coming to the studio to experience a Portrait Shoot. I look forward to showing them (and you) how beautiful they both are sans hair!

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