Kind hearted 16 year old Shanice Martin has sacrificed her shoulder length hair in memory of five her mum’s colleagues who died of cancer.
The teenager went to Wish hairdressers in Coventry for her big hair cut and managed to raise £550 for Myton Hospice.
Several of Shanice’s mum’s colleagues from then Aylesford Intermediate Care Centre in Hillfields have died of cancer over the last few years and she wanted to raise money in their memory.
Shanice, who is now studying health and social care at City College and is a former pupil at Bishop Ullathorne said: “I wanted to do it because in the last couple of years, my mum’s colleague died of cancer.
“There is also one of them who has been diagnosed with cancer and has MS too. I know them and really wanted to do something to help.
“At the beginning of this year my auntie got a really big cancer scare but luckily it wasn’t skin cancer like we thought. Cancer has been part of our lives. I wasn’t nervous about getting my hair cut at all.
“I wanted to play my part and help out and this was a great way of doing that. I really like my new look I had so much hair but it’s going to be really easy to manage now.”
Hairdresser Emma Jones recently was told that her mother has been diagnosed with cancer.
She said: “My mum having cancer has been a shock more than anything. I’ve been by her side supporting her through it. My uncle died of cancer a couple of years ago and close family friends so Myton Hospice has been very close to our hearts. Having Shanice come in to have her head shaved for the charity meant a lot to me. She has done a really good thing.”
43 year old Debbie Lochlon, Shanice’s mum, hopes that the money raised will be enough to open a garden in memory of her colleagues.
Speaking about Shanice, she said: “I’m extremely proud of her. She has a heart of gold.
“I was quite emotional when she had her hair cut but in a good way. People have given so generously.”