Fundraisers aim to beat clock in haircut challenge

Dorset Echo: AGAINST THE CLOCK: Paula Cotton, left, and Karen Figgitt.  Picture:JOHN GURD AGAINST THE CLOCK: Paula Cotton, left, and Karen Figgitt. Picture:JOHN GURD

FUNDRAISERS will be cutting hair against the clock for charity this Bank Holiday Monday - and they are looking for men and children to help them out.

Karen Figgitt, 33, a customer services manager at Dorset County Council, is fundraising for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and has teamed up with her hairdresser who is celebrating 45 years in the business.

Her team-mate, hairdresser Paula Cotton, is aiming to cut men and children's hair for donations non-stop for six hours at OJO's Hair Salon in Weymouth.

The event will raise cash for Verity, which supports women with PCOS and is funded entirely from donations from the public.

PCOS is an incurable condition affecting up to 10 per cent of UK women. The condition can affect fertility and cause excess hair, acne and irregular periods.

They have raised over £100 so far but need the help of Weymouth men and children to make their fundraising event successful.

Ms Figgitt said: “Paula's aiming to cut one person's hair every 15 minutes or so, so we will need at least 24 people for her to complete the six hours. We are still looking for men and children who would like a free haircut for a small donation, even if it's only £1 or £2.”

“Three years ago I got symptoms I've never had and thought it might be PCOS. I went to one of Verity's annual conferences and gained the support and confidence I needed to go to my doctor and get diagnosed and treated.

“The conferences were comforting - I was in a room full of people who didn't judge me because they've all got the condition which is important when you're managing embarrassing symptoms. I'd like to try to raise more than I have before and increase awareness of PCOS in Dorset,” she added.

The sponsored haircut takes place on Monday May 26 from 9:30am to 3:30pm at OJO's in Lincoln Road, Lanehouse, Weymouth. To book call 07738 476256 or turn up on the day.

To donate to the cause visit justgiving.com/veritysbigcyster

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