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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Cumbrian teenager shaves head for charity on her 18th birthday

Katie-Ann Richards celebrated a milestone birthday in an unforgettable way – by shedding her locks in memory of her grandmother who lost her battle with cancer.

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Katie-Ann Richards after the head shave

The Workington teenager was devastated when her ‘Nana’ died in 2011 after a two-year-battle with breast cancer, so the brave young woman decided that she wanted to raise awareness of the disease as well as raising money at the same time to help fund research.

In front of family and friends at Principal Hair Studio in Workington, Katie-Ann watched her brown locks get shaved off.

And the cash that she raises from the daring task she undertook on her 18th birthday will go towards Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

“It went really well,” Katie-Ann told the News & Star. “I was terrified and so nervous – yet I was laughing and so happy I was doing something for a good cause.”

After her trip to the hairdressers, Katie-Ann – who works at the town’s Morrisons superstore – went out to have a meal with her friends to celebrate.

“My friends said I look like a version of Sinead O’Connor and I was just very happy that I had managed to reach my target for the charity,” she said.

“There is no better feeling than knowing you have helped another person.”

Katie-Ann, from Northumberland Street, said that her Nana, Elizabeth Davison, who was known as Liz, would have been proud of what she had done.

“ I chose to shave my head on my birthday, as it will be more meaningful to me on that date,” said the former Stainburn School pupil.

“My family are all very proud of me for being brave, as they put it, and for raising money for charity.

“I’m sure that my Nana would have been very proud of me as well.”

Katie-Ann has reached her target of £700 and anyone who would like to donate to Katie-Ann’s cancer charity cause can do so through the Just Giving fundraising website at www.justgiving.com/katie-ann-richards

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