On what would have been her mum’s 58th birthday, selfless Hannah Lee decided to shave her long brown hair for charity.
The 22-year-old, from Woodlesford, has raised more than £2,000 for The Haven breast cancer support centre in Leeds in the process – almost six-times the £300 target she originally set.
The fundraiser was inspired by her late mum, who passed away following a battle with cancer in 2007. Having lost a parent aged just 15, the loss hit her hard.
Hannah, who now volunteers at The Haven, said: “I didn’t eat, sleep or do anything ‘normal’ and it’s only now, seven years on, that I’m starting to live a healthier lifestyle. I wish that The Haven had been available for my mum and our family.
“Emotional support is just as important as medical treatment to cancer suffers and their families, which is why I chose to support The Haven for my sponsored head shave.”
The Haven provides, completely free of charge, a wide range of therapies which help people deal with the physical and emotional side effects of breast cancer.
Specialist nurses and experts in nutrition, exercise and emotional support provide tailor-made programmes for each visitor.
“Now that I’m older I understand all the pain that she suffered,” she said. “She was, and always will be, the biggest inspiration in my life. Even with all the sadness and suffering she went though, she always managed to have the biggest smile and the most beautiful laughter.”
To donate to visit www.justgiving.com/HannahLeeHeadShave or visit www.thehaven.org.uk for further information on The Haven.