Sherry Holloway's 20-inch haircut to make charity wigs

Dorset Echo: OFF WITH HER HEAD: Sherry Holloway and Carole Dashwood OFF WITH HER HEAD: Sherry Holloway and Carole Dashwood

A WEYMOUTH widow who underwent a charity hair chop is delighted that her beloved locks will become two wigs for young cancer patients.

Sherry Holloway, of Corporation Road, has raised more than £700 for Marie Curie Cancer Care in memory of her husband Philip Holloway, who passed away in her arms this summer.

Mrs Holloway, 48, is registered disabled and has spinal difficulties. She said it was a tough decision to undergo the hairdresser’s scissors as her hair was her ‘pride and joy’ but she is happy with the end result.

Mrs Holloway said: “It looks lovely, the hairdresser took exactly 20 inches because we found out that 10 inches makes a wig.

“Hopefully we’ll get two wigs out of it.

“I’ve wrapped the hair up in cling film to stop it going brittle and it’s going to be sent off to The Little Princess Trust.”

Mr Holloway, passed away in August this year, aged 65, and his wife wanted to do something positive in his memory.

The couple, who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year, met on Christmas Eve in 1985 and musician Mr Holloway proposed within a week.

Mrs Holloway said she and her husband thought up the idea for the fundraiser when he was diagnosed with cancer in September 2011, as a thank you to the Marie Curie Cancer Care nurses who had supported them both.

She said: “I want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to get the same amazing care, help and support Phil received from the nurses at Marie Curie.

“They weren’t just there for Phil but also provided me with great support and do the same for all loved ones.”

Another £502 was donated to the Fortuneswell Unit at Dorset County Hospital, after Mr Holloway’s family requested charitable donations instead of flowers at his funeral.

Mrs Holloway praised the Fortuneswell Unit for allowing her to start with her husband for the last two weeks of his life before he got his last wish to return home and die in her arms.

She added: “I’m housebound disabled but they let me stay with him because I couldn’t visit.”

Mrs Holloway’s locks will be donated to The Little Princess Trust, Nottingham, to be made into a wig for children with leukaemia.

To support the fundraiser visit justgiving.com, search for Philip Holloway and visit Sherry’s page.

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