Despite receiving some second glances on the street, Maxine Deadman was more than happy to sport her new ‘rainbow’ hair-do as it helped the Oxfordshire Guardian’s charity of the year raise £727 for charity.
The 38-year-old mum of two has embraced hair dye to raise money for Blue Skye Thinking.
The charity was set up by Sally and Andrew Hall in memory of their son Skye, who died in 2014 from side effects of his treatment for Medulloblastoma, an aggressive and cancerous brain tumour.
Mrs Deadman’s hair was dyed by her friend on October 10 and 16 at her home in Abingdon.
She decided to raise money for the charity after the cause became close to her heart.
She said: “During 2016 a number of family members and friends have sadly lost someone dear to them due to cancer or have been helping close relatives through the immense battle that come with this disease and its treatments.
“My young son sadly lost a friend to cancer earlier this year and as the second beautiful child to be taken too soon from our local primary school I felt it is time to do something somewhere to help fight against this horrible disease.
“When I recently saw in local media that they were looking for new and wacky fundraising ideas for Aim Skye High I knew this was the charity I wanted to help.
“A few friends and my mum were here to watch, and enjoy being together while this was done. It meant a lot to me and my close friends to raise this money, without them and the donations of others too it wouldn’t have been the success I feel it was.”
Money raised by Mrs Deadman will go towards the charity’s Aim Skye High Appeal, which aims to raise £50,000 towards a three year Post Doctoral research position at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research.
Through the appeal, the charity is encouraging people to think of a new and very different way to raise money.
To sponsor Mrs Deadman, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Maxine-Deadman1
To support the appeal, visit campaign.justgiving.com/charity/blueskyethinking/aimskyehigh, or text UPUP52 £3 to 70070.