A BRAVE Selston mum, who faced homelessness before the birth of her first child, has said goodbye to her long, brown locks for charity.
Roxanne Forsdick has so far raised more than £1,000 for charity Framework, which helps homeless and vulnerable people to get their lives back on track.
The 24-year-old, of Valentine Avenue, was joined by her family and friends at Sutton’s Barista coffee shop last Wednesday to trade her long, brown hair for a radically different style.
And despite the recent cold weather, she is embracing it whole-heartedly.
She says: “I’ve had a couple of hand-made hats but I want the weather to get better. I feel great.”
Roxanne decided to support Framework because of the help she received from it.
“I keep joking that this is my quarter life crisis but there is a very serious reason for me doing this,” she says.
“Before my daughter was born I was in a very bad place and Framework did so much to help me.
“I was struggling with depression and the flat I was living in had been condemned by Environmental Health.
“I ended up in hospital with a baby on the way and nowhere to go.
“I was homeless and pregnant and didn’t know where to turn. Framework came to help me and they really were fantastic with me.
“Andy, my support worker, really couldn’t do enough for me and went beyond the call of duty so many times for me.
“He found me a place to live and gave me so much support with everything. He saved my life and my daughter’s life.”
As well as raising funds for Framework, Roxanne is also going to donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides wigs to children who have lost their hair as a result of chemotherapy.
Roxanne, whose hair was previously 27-inches, said: “I wanted to do something drastic and shocking to show just how much the help I received meant to me and my daughter.
“I am known for having nice hair so I decided to have it all cut off.”
Describing the night itself, she added: “I was so nervous. I was shaking - but I was really surprised how I handled it.
“The atmosphere was so positive.”
Meanwhile,Framework fundraising manager Louise Darby said: “We are constantly surprised by the lengths people will go to raise money for us and Roxanne is no exception.”
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