Duo set for close shave

A MOTHER and daughter from Stourport are shaving their hair off to raise money for two children’s charities, marking what would have been the 4th birthday of Charlie Harris-Beard.

Charlie died on February 8, 2013, from acute myeloid leukaemia when he was two-years-old.

Becky Chapman, 40, and her daughter-in law Jenny Johnson, 22, are shaving off their hair on June 25 at Finishin Touch, in Bridge Street, to raise funds to support Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Mrs Chapman said: “I first heard of Charlie’s story on facebook, then realised I knew his grandmother.

“I always let his family know what I’m up to as I do something to mark his birthday and anniversary, when Charlie died last year I organised a balloon release.

“Last year I also had a memorial tattoo done of both Cords 4 Life and Birmingham Children’s Hospital to try and raise money.”

Mrs Chapman said Charlie was the inspiration for her and her daughter-in-law’s decision to fundraise in this way.

“Charlie spent a lot of his life without hair.

“The money will be going to the hospital’s cancer ward where most of the children have lost their hair and this is my way of showing them my support.

“We will also be wearing purple on the day as it was Charlie’s favourite colour.”

As well as various fundraising activities she carries out for Birmingham Children’s Hospital which include running a small group called fairy godmothers of BCH, Mrs Chapman is also a volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham.

Her son, Daniel, 12, suffers from heart problems and has spent some time being treated in Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“Charlie and his family showed me that you can help others even if you have a sick child.”

For more details, or to donate to the cause, visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/beckychapman4.

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