Heartbroken mum fundraises in memory of son

Brenda Seal is raising money for charity in memory of her son Tony, pictured centre

Brenda Seal is raising money for charity in memory of her son Tony, pictured centre

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A heartbroken Mansfield Woodhouse mum is planning to give back to the charity who helped her troubled son before he died.

Brenda Seal, of Poplar Street, is raising money for The Prince’s Trust by dying her hair multi-coloured and having it shaved into a Mohican.

David Toney Seal from Mansfield Woodhouse who passed away aged 25

David Toney Seal from Mansfield Woodhouse who passed away aged 25

Brenda said she is doing it “in honour” of her son, David Toney Windley, who died aged 25 when he fell into a diabetic coma in March 2015.

Just before he passed away, David completed the Prince’s Trust course, and the charity helped him through a difficult time in his life.

Brenda said: “They [The Prince’s Trust] took him on board and it gave him hope and inspired him to focus on other people and do better things with his life.”

The former Manor School pupil worked with the charity to help all different kinds of people - from fundraising events to gardening and taking groups of single parents children for days out.

A younger David Toney Seal sporting a coloure Mohican. The Mansfield Woodhouse man died aged 25

A younger David Toney Seal sporting a coloure Mohican. The Mansfield Woodhouse man died aged 25

“It’s so much more than a charity,” Brenda said. “It’s all about how one person can help another.

“I felt so much comfort that Toney had been given a chance with them because it improved the quality of his life.

“It has given me peace to know that because of this charity, he was happy before he died.

“And it’s lovely to think so many people benefitted because of my son’s work with them.

“So now I want to help someone else.”

Brenda has raised £200 so far, ahead of her daring new hair cut this week.

The idea to raise money by having a Mohican came from Brenda’s colleagues.

She added: “Our family have always been known for doing abnormal things - the weirder the better.

“And Toney would have been here egging me on to get it done.”

Brenda is also being supported by her two other children, Luan Windley, 16, and Lilly Seal, 9.

Luan has already helped by dying her hair red, blue, green, orange and purple ready for the event.

She is doing the head shave outside WH Smiths in the Four Seasons Shopping Centre at 1.30pm on Thursday, March 31.

To find out more or to donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Toney-Windley.

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