Hair today, gone tomorrow for Kelly

March 31 2017

FISHPONDS Taekwondo Academy has raised more than £500 for the Brain Tumour Charity with a head shave and bandana night.

FISHPONDS Taekwondo Academy has raised more than £500 for the Brain Tumour Charity with a head shave and bandana night.
Member Kelly Jones, 30, offered to have 20 years of hair growth shaved off to raise the funds.
Adults and youngsters from the 100-strong martial arts group took it in turns to shave a strip from her head until she was left with a ‘number two’ cut all over.
Other members paid to wear bandanas for the evening to raise funds for and awareness of brain tumours.
The event was held to honour Gary Lear, the father of David Lear who runs the academy with wife Karen. Gary is suffering with a terminal, malignant brain tumour that was diagnosed last year.
Kelly said: “I wanted to do something to help. I hadn’t had my hair cut since I was 10 so there was about 10 inches to shave off.
“It feels very strange to have short hair. Luckily it’s not too cold!"
Kelly took up taekwondo 18 months ago, joining daughter Izzy, seven, who has been training with the academy for three years.
She said: “It’s a great family activity and everyone is great friends. I’ve got to know David through the club and this was a way I could give something back. His father shaved the final piece off my hair, which made it very special.”
David’s efforts for the Brain Tumour Charity follow a year of personal fundraising last year for Cancer Research UK, when he raised over £750.
He said: “The fundraising evening at the club was very emotional for everyone. My family were really touched that everyone did so much to help.
“My dad has had surgery to try and remove the tumour but it is growing back and there is a lot of collateral damage. He has already lost 60 per cent of his vision.
"As well as raising money, my dad being there meant that the event raised awareness of what cancer does to people.”
Since the club was set up in 2011, it has outgrown its original Fishponds base and currently operates out of Staple Hill primary school on Wednesdays and Fridays, offering tuition to age four to adult.
David said: “The club is like family. Everyone has each other’s back. Events like this show how much support we all offer each other.”