Three belly dancers from London, Gemma Sargeant, Toni Kenwood and Wendy Deaton, are turning heads with their new looks after having their long locks cut to raise funds for CLIC Sargent.
'Shimmy sisters' become 'life shavers'
The belly dancers who refer to themselves as the 'shimmy sisters' braved the scissors last month as part of CLIC Sargent's Big Buzz campaign, which encourages people to change their hair in support of children and young people with cancer, many of whom lose their hair during treatment.
The 'shimmy sisters' took to the stage in front of cheers and gasps of horror from the 250 strong audience. The sponsored haircut was held at the Bellytastic show hosted by Chloe Dent, at the James Dixon School in Anerley.
“Every belly dancer will tell you their long locks are one of the most important dance props.”
The show saw dancers from Bromley, Biggin Hill, Croydon, Forest Hill and Hastings come together to perform for friends and family and raise funds for CLIC Sargent.
Gemma said: “We have all either lost someone to cancer or know someone who has survived it and decided to support children and young people with cancer, and their families. We were all so nervous about the haircut but afterwards we were so pleased we did it, despite the initial tears”.
Big Buzz raises £1,636!
In total, they have raised an amazing £1,636 through sponsorship, a raffle drawn by celebrity blogger Georgina Horne of Fuller Figure Fuller Bust, and donations on the night of the show.
The 'shimmy sisters' have not only raised money in support of children and young people with cancer, but have also donated their hair to the Little Princess Trust to be made into wigs for children who have sadly lost their hair.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager, Elizabeth Charing said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to the shimmy sisters for bravely cutting off their long hair to support CLIC Sargent. I think the finished result looks amazing!"
Find out more
Visit the Big Buzz section for more information on how you can become a 'life shaver'.
To find out how you and your friends can help raise funds for CLIC Sargent, please contact Elizabeth Charing on 07747 686 569 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.