Sam’s close shave for wishes charity

Samantha Bayliss,of Castleford, has shaved off her hair for the Make a Wish Foundation.
Samantha Bayliss,of Castleford, has shaved off her hair for the Make a Wish Foundation.

BRAVE fundraiser Samantha Bayliss is a cut above the rest after shaving off her long locks to raise £750 for a charity close to her heart.

The Castleford mum-of-two – who was diagnosed with scoliosis and conditions affecting her lymphatic system and blood vessels at the age of nine – shaved off her long locks to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to youngsters with life-threatening illnesses.

Mrs Bayliss, 25, of Austin Road, said: “I decided to shave off my hair for the shock factor but I don’t know if I had mentally prepared myself for the actual shaving.

“The charity is absolutely worth it though, it was really difficult growing up and having to spend a lot of time in hospital.

“I was in a lot of pain but as you grow up you get used to things.

“My family and people in the community collected money for me when I was diagnosed and said I could buy a computer or go on holiday to cheer me up.

“I chose the computer so I could keep up with my school work, but I know how much better it made me feel when I realised these people just wanted to make me happy, which is exactly what Make-A-Wish does for children across the UK.

“I just wanted to give a little back and contribute by making somebody smile.”

Sarah Shearman, Make-A-Wish’s national community fundraising manager said: “We are thrilled with the amount of money Samantha has managed to raise and can’t thank her enough.”

Mrs Bayliss, who held the head shave at Castleford’s Picture House pub, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who attended, including Laura Etherington who shaved my head and Vicky Culshaw and Olive Daniels who helped out.”

To sponsor Mrs Bayliss visit www.justgiving.com/shavingsam to donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.