Mum braves the shave for defibrillator fund
- Credit: Melanie Bateman
A mum for whom heart health is a concern close to home has taken a drastic step to raise funds for a new defibrillator.
Melanie Bateman, from Burgh Castle, had more than 12 inches of her hair cut to help fundraise for a new defibrillator at Burgh Hall as well as donate her freshly cut hair to the Princess Trust.
Mrs Bateman had grown her hair over lockdown, but braved the shave on Saturday, July 24.
Mrs Bateman, owner of Toy Box 55 down Victoria Arcade, said: "I did get a bit emotional after it was all gone.
"But I wanted to help raise money for the defibrillator as heart conditions are very close to home for me and my family.
"My little boy has had three open heart surgeries, and currently lives with a pacemaker.
"I wanted to do something worthwhile, because none of us know when something will happen.
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"If we can just help save one life, it will be worth it."
Mrs Bateman opened her shop in April this year, and together with other shop owners in Victoria Arcade, she decided to help fundraise for different causes.
The Barber Shoppe, also in Victoria Arcade, helped Mrs Bateman with the haircut and once it was off, the freshly cut was sent to the Princess Trust.
"That hair can hopefully make two wigs for children," said Mrs Bateman.
After braving the shave, Mrs Bateman helped raise enough money for a new defibrillator for Burgh Hall.
David Southey, manager of Burgh Hall, said he was "deeply touched".
"Melanie did fantastic work and we are very grateful for all she has done," Mr Southey added.
Mrs Bateman said she wanted to specifically help the Southey family as they were all "worth their weight in gold."
The new defibrillator has arrived at Burgh Hall and has been PAT tested.
The bar and restaurant will be having a night celebrating the new defibrillator in the near future.