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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Alison bares her head for leukaemia fighter

A Workington woman shaved her head to raise more than £300 for a hospital which is helping two-year-old Emily Shutt battle leukaemia.

Alison Jolly, 43, had her thick crop of hair shaved off at her home, on Wastwater Avenue, in front of Emily, of Garth Road, her brother Alfie, five, and mum Helen Johnson, 34.

The two women are friends.

They also enjoyed a jubilee party with 35 friends and family, which included music, food, a paddling pool and trampoline.

Emily, who goes to Learning Land nursery in Workington, was diagnosed in April and must travel to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Hospital once a week for the next two years.

She has already had several lumber punctures and is on an aggressive course of chemotherapy.

Some of the cash raised by Alison will be used to help the family with travel expenses to the hospital.

Alison, who has been friends with Helen for four years, said: “Helen has helped me in the past and after I heard about Emily I wanted to do something to help.

“This is the best thing I’ve ever done and having Emily there on the day was so special. I was so overwhelmed with the sponsorship that people have given and so grateful to all those who have helped out.”

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