Hatfield woman has hair shaved off for charity

MORE than �1,000 was raised to help send a two-year-old, who has a rare life-threatening disease, to Florida.

Debbie Sloan, from Hatfield, achieved the sum when her hair was shaved off last weekend at a fun day, organised to fund Tillie-Mae Mawdsley and her family’s dream trip to Orlando next year.

As previously reported by the Welwyn Hatfield Times, the Heathcote Avenue tot has Sanfilippo Syndrome (MPS III), an uncommon metabolic defect, which means she will not develop normally and may not live to 18.

Following tests, the youngster was diagnosed in April, after the family noticed “unusual signs” including a consistently runny nose.

The fun day, held at The Cavendish Arms, was also helping to raise funds for Tillie-Mae’s future, and a further �500 was added to the kitty by activities, which included a raffle and tombola.

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Debbie, whose locks were cut by Tillie-Mae’s mum Michala (a trained hairdresser), said: “For some reason it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, it’s a bit different really. And it’s a more than worthy cause.

“I’ve known Michala for a long time so if there’s anything I can do to help I will. If it was one of my children I would have my arm chopped off, you would just do anything to help them.”

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Approximately �3,000 is needed and mum-of-two Michala said they are almost there.

“Everyone who has helped has been so amazing we can’t believe the support we have been given.”

She added: “Cutting Debbie’s hair was awful though; it was the worst haircut I’ve done!”

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