18/02/2013

Selfless Hartlepool PCSO Loses Locks For Charity

A selfless Hartlepool Police Community Support Officer is set to lose her long locks in a bid to raise money and donate to charitable causes.

Helen is having her hair

Helen Barron, 29, who works for the South and Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, will sit in the hairdressers chair at Inspiration Hair Salon in Hartlepool on 26th February to have 15 inches of blonde hair chopped and given to the Little Princess Trust. The hair will then be used to make real-hair wigs for children across the UK and Ireland who have sadly lost their own hair to cancer treatment.

PCSO Barron is making her bold move in support of the Jailed 4 Georgia fund and her three police colleagues, Sergeant Dave Halliday, PC Keith Robinson and PC Lorene Haworth, who are themselves embarking on a three day drive to all 43 Force custody suites in England and Wales at the end of March. Accompanying them will be a teacher from Hartlepool, taken to the custody suites in a ‘mock arrest’.

All money raised from both charitable efforts will go towards sending Hartlepool schoolgirl Georgia Hart to America for clinical trials following her diagnosis of Friedreich’s Ataxia. £30,000 is needed to send her to the USA where more is known about this progressive disease, which damages the central nervous system.

Helen said: “People keep asking me why I would want to cut my hair, but it’s only hair and it’s for two excellent causes. I first learnt about the Little Princess Trust when I saw in the local news that a girl had donated her long hair to the charity and I felt strongly that I wanted to do the same.

“I’m used to having different styles of hair but I am nervous to see it cut short again after so long – I have had a great deal of support though and I’m sure my Husband will like it. I hope that people will sponsor me as I want to raise as much money as possible for the Jailed 4 Georgia fund.

“Having worked in Hartlepool for eight years, I would like to give something extra back to the local community aside from my work as a PCSO, and I feel that this charity initiative will go towards doing that.”

Anyone wanting to sponsor Helen can drop into the York Road Community Office at 173 York Road, Hartlepool or call Ashleigh Morrell at the Community Safety Office on 01429 855560 or email ashleigh.morrell@hartlepool.gov.uk

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