Well-known Stevenage woman to have blonde hair shaved off for charity
PUBLISHED: 09:57 24 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:06 24 July 2018
A well-known community figure is having her head shaved to raise money for a grant-giving charity which supports charitable groups and people in need.
Claire Austin, managing director of Austin’s Family Funeral Directors – which has branches in Stevenage, Letchworth, Hitchin, Knebworth, Welwyn and Welwyn Garden City – is having her long blonde locks shaved off to raise money for the Stevenage Community Trust.
The dramatic transformation will take place on Saturday, August 25, at Austin’s Family Fun Day in Pirton – an annual event held at Claire’s home for Austin’s staff and their families.
Claire said: “Getting my head shaved for charity seems like a great way of giving something back to the community.
“I was born and bred in Stevenage and for the past 20 years have run our family funeral business, which was established in Stevenage more than 300 years ago.
“As a family company, we are very community-focused and are keen to support local charities and causes.
“I have personally taken part in a number of fundraising events, including charity work in India and Vietnam, and in 2014 I ran the London Marathon in aid of the Garden House Hospice.”
Stevenage hairdresser Jo Gates, who went to school with Claire, is going to give Claire her radical haircut – watched by about 120 people at the fun day.
Claire said: “I’m quite looking forward to it and I want it to have a big impact, although I will probably wear a wig afterwards for certain occasions.”
Claire has so far raised about £700 for the Stevenage Community Trust. The charity was established in 1990 and since then has distributed in excess of £1 million to a wide range of causes in Stevenage and the surrounding villages, including charities, community groups, individuals in need and families in crisis.
To make a donation, visit love2donate.co.uk/claireaustin or send a cheque made payable to the Stevenage Community Trust to Claire at Austin’s Family Funeral Directors, 21 High Street, Stevenage, SG1 3BG.
Claire said: “Your support would be greatly appreciated by myself and those in our community.”
For more information about the trust, see stevenagecommunitytrust.org.