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.
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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 to donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.