A GROUP of friends will undergo a close shave to help raise money for the family of a tragic teenager.
Five women from Atherton will have their locks cut off at a community open day being held in memory of 14-year-old Jade Anderson, who was mauled to death by a pack of dogs.
Jeanette Hook, Jackie Rigby, Charlotte Barrington and Amy Smith will all have half their hair shaved at the event, which will be held at the Red Lion pub, while Jeanette’s cousin Denise will have a full head shave.
The fund-raisers are all friends of Jade and her family, and hope their event will raise money to help meet the cost of funeral expenses and also help bring together the tight-knit community which has been devastated by the tragedy.
Jeanette, 29, said: “We just want to help Jade’s family and do something, particularly for the kids because a lot of them knew her. Jackie lived next door to her family, and I knew her because Denise’s daughter was one of her best friends.
“It’s a small estate and a very close community, everyone knows everyone else. We just want to do something to raise as much money as possible.
“We’ve already raised £500 in sponsorship and everyone has been very generous. We’ve been asking businesses and shops in Atherton for raffle prizes and no-one’s turned us away.
“We’ve amassed all sorts of things to offer people, including photoshoots, nail and hair treatments and sunbed sessions.
“It’s terribly sad what has happened but the community has really pulled together, which doesn’t happen all that often.”
The fund-raising day for Jade Anderson is at the Red Lion, on Church Street, on Saturday, April 13. Admission is free and the event starts at 2pm.