Haircut raises £780 for vital cancer charity

Vaishali Rao had her hair cut off in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Vaishali Rao had her hair cut off in aid of Cancer Research UK.
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A woman who had her long hair cut off has raised more than £780 for charity.

Vaishali Rao, 46, decided to have her cut to raise money for Cancer Research UK to help all those suffering from the condition.

Vaishali Rao and stylist Ryan Hathaway ANL-161016-201100009

Vaishali Rao and stylist Ryan Hathaway ANL-161016-201100009

Mrs Rao’s sister–in–law, Sunita, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in November last year.

Despite months of intensive treatment at Addenbrookes ‘Hospital, Cambridge, Sunita died in September, aged just 53.

Customers at the Post Office Mrs Rao runs with her husband Ajit, 52, on Ridley Road, Bury St Edmunds, sponsored the mum-of two when she told them she was going to get her hair cut to raise money for charity.

“I’ve had long hair, around 21 inches down from my shoulders, all my life,” said Mrs Rao.

Vaishali Rao and stylist Ryan Hathaway ANL-161016-200902009

Vaishali Rao and stylist Ryan Hathaway ANL-161016-200902009

“Although I was sad to see it go, it gave me great satisfaction to think I am able to help other people

“I was with my sister–in–law all of the time she was coping with cancer and people have to go through so much.

“Sunita loved her hair and hated it when she was going through radiotherapy, so it was then I decided I would have mine cut to try to raise money for Cancer Research.”

Mrs Rao had her hair cut at Extraordinary Hair, also on Ridley Road.

She had 20 inches cut off last Saturday and likes the results.

“My two children haven’t seen it yet but the money is still coming in from the sponsored haircut, which is great.

“I’d like to thank all those who sponsored me, especially my customers who have also been a great personal support over the last few months.”