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Leeds Rhinos help Pontefract mum with headshave in memory of son

Sophie Charlesworth, James Reynolds, and children Owen, six, Anaylece, 18 months and a photo of baby Jake.

Sophie Charlesworth, James Reynolds, and children Owen, six, Anaylece, 18 months and a photo of baby Jake.

Pontefract Mum Sophie Charlesworth has organised a hair-raising charity event in memory of her son.

The 25-year-old will shave her head in memory of son Jake, who died from Group B Streptococcus hours after being born.

The disease is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies in the UK, causing sepsis, meningitis and pneumonia.

The fundraiser will be held from 12pm on Saturday, April 5 – two days after what would have been Jake’s third birthday.

Leeds Rhinos stars Kallum Watkins and Zak Hardaker will chop off Sophie’s locks in front of hundreds of friends, family and supporters to help raise cash.

Sophie, who also has a son Owen, six, and 18-month-old daughter Anaylece, said: “We miss our little man so much, he simply didn’t stand a chance.

“We do not want anyone else to have to go through what we have and that’s why we do what we do and try to raise awareness and as much money as we can.”

Tickets for the fundraiser in aid of Group B Strep Support cost £10. It will be held at The Gantry Pub Upton in Pontefract and includes a kids’ disco until 3pm and the headshave at 7pm.

She added: “Please help support the charity to inform pregnant women and health professionals about GBS. It can save a tiny life.”

To donate, visit www.gbss.org.uk/fundraiser/index.php?id=SophieCharlesworth.

 

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