Hairy time for brave mum

13:40 23 February 2012

Clare O'Toole.

Clare O'Toole.


Primary school children to snip off Clare’s long locks.

A brave mother-of-four is to let primary school children cut off her long hair.

Clare O’Toole, 36, will say goodbye to her beautiful, auburn locks during a school assembly later this month.

She is undergoing the snip at Offwell Church of England Primary School to raise money for charity Debra, which supports people with the genetic skin condition epidermolysis bullsoa.

It is a charity close to her heart.

“My niece and nephew both suffer from a rare form of the skin condition,” she told the Midweek Herald.

“The best forum for this type of fund-raising is to get kids involved.”

Clare, who has four sons, reached her original fund-raising target of £500 within 24 hours of organising the sponsored event.

She now intends to keep on collecting cash - to raise as much as possible.

“The children will be cutting off my hair during a ‘Wow’ assembly on February 29, on a leap year,” she said.

“I’ve never had short hair before. I used to be able to sit on it when I was a little girl,

“I think I’m going to feel cold without it, so I am a little scared.”

Epidermolysis bullosa causes blistering and shearing of the skin from the gentlest friction - often from ordinary day-to-day activities.

In its most severe form, the condition is fatal in infancy and can also cause skin cancer in young adults.

Milder forms can cause lifelong pain and disabilities.

Visit to sponsor Clare.


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