A courageous new mum who was diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant has had her head shaved to help two charities.
Roisin Pelan, 32, from Ashton, Preston, was dealt the devastating blow in May this year and just six days after she gave birth to daughter Ivy she had a mastectomy.
But the medical secretary has vowed to have something to positive come from the diagnosis so had her beautiful locks chopped in front of all her friends to raise cash for Cancer Research UK.
And her hair will be donated to the Little Princesses Trust – a charity that provides hair to children who have lost theirs through cancer treatment.
Roisin, who lives with partner Michael Brown, 29, is currently undergoing chemotherapy and has been told that thankfully, the cancer hasn’t spread.
In a show of support Michael, who works for BAE Systems, also had his hair lopped off.
The pair joined with friends and family for the big moment at the weekend at the Black Horse in Preston and Roisin’s hairdresser pal Helen Mulholland was in control of the clippers.
Roisin said: “It was a really emotional night but it was great – we raised over £300.
“It wasn’t meant to be a fundraiser but my friends and family were throwing their money around.
“I’m feeling good, everyone quite likes my hair, I’ve been playing around with headscarves and pretty bows and it’s great in this weather – nice and cool.
“Also, it’s zero maintenance, we’ve boxed up the hair dryer and straighteners for this year.”
People have also been donating online through Roisin’s just giving page and so far she has raised almost £3,500 – after staring with a £500 target.
Roisin added: “The support from our friends and family all the way through has been great but especially on Saturday night.
“My two best friends Kirsty and Natalie organised the whole thing and my friend Lisa had some rings made in my favourite colour so all my girlfriends bought one.
“There’s no way on earth I could have dealt with the hair being shaved off if I didn’t have everyone cheering me through it.”
To donate visit: www.justgiving.com/roisin-pelan