It’s nerve-wracking enough having a large portion of your hair cut off in public - even more so when a large audience has gathered to watch you do it.
But braving the crowd was worth it for Kim Davies as everyone dug deep into their pockets to raise almost £1,000 for the Little Princess Charity.
As well as contributing about 12 inches of her own hair to enable a wig to be made for a child who has cancer, enough money was raised to pay for three wigs to be made in total.
Kim’s hair was cut at a sun-splashed Jack’s House pub, in Burnley Road, Todmorden, and Kim was given some top level support to make the afternoon go with a swing.
Master of ceremonies for the afternoon was actor Dominic Brunt, who plays Paddy, the vet in TV’s Emmerdale, who also revealed he has more strings to his bow.
Kim’s dad John Brierley has worked on projects with Dominic, including Emmerdale and Dom’s zombie film Before Dawn, as a sound and lighting engineer, and the star was delighted to help out Kim on her big day.
John had invited another friend along - Jim Milne, guitarist for psychedelic cult heroes Tractor since the early 70s - and with Dominic being a mandolin player they worked up a set to entertain everyone before it was Kim’s turn in the spotlight.
“John was our lighting and sound man on Before Dawn ao I owe him lots and this is a great cause. Jim and I have had a practice and worked up about six tunes of traditional, rock and Irish tunes,” he said.
Kim’s husband John got into the spirit of the occasion and was among those who raised money by having their legs and armpits waxed. Dominic did the honours to pull off the last strip from his leg but Paul was certain the armpits were worst!
Kim said she had decided to have her long hair cut and wanted to raise money for a good cause while doing so, choosing the charity set up when the family of a little girl undergoing cancer treatment found there were no free wigs available for children who lost their hair because of the treatment.
Hairdresser Aimee Gibson of On Reflection, Hebden Bridge, cut Kim’s hair and restyled it when her long ponytail had gone. Kim said: “It was pretty scary - I’m still shaking!”
She thanked Aimee, licensees Mark Arrowsmith and Sue Landale at Jack’s for hosting the event, Dominic and Jim for a great set and all those who helped with the barbecue, bouncy castle, raffle prizes and cake stall, as well as everyone who contributed and cheered her on.