Ex-mayor’s hair-raising fundraiser

Locks away: County Coun Sandra Perkins, the ex-mayor of Garstang, has her head shaved by her sister, Rea Meredith, to raise money for Dementia Research in memory of her late husband, Alan
Locks away: County Coun Sandra Perkins, the ex-mayor of Garstang, has her head shaved by her sister, Rea Meredith, to raise money for Dementia Research in memory of her late husband, Alan
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When rain poured down at Garstang and District Children’s Festival, the town’s ex-mayor certainly wasn’t worried about her hair.

For County Coun Sandra Perkins, last Saturday had her head shaved and raised more than £550 for the Dementia Research charity, in memory of her late husband Alan.

County Councillor Sandra Perkins is applauded after her charity head shave

County Councillor Sandra Perkins is applauded after her charity head shave

She said: “It rained as we were parading around the town on Monday at the Children’s Festival.

“I was the only one who didn’t get her hairstyle ruined – because I don’t have any now!

“It feels very peculiar. I had a shower and that felt odd, because the water normally goes on your hair and not straight on your head.

“My head feels like the board from Fuzzy Felt!”

Coun Perkins, who has been elected to represent Garstang on Lancashire County Council, agreed to lose her locks because her husband, who died in 2011, suffered from dementia.

Her younger sister Rea Meredith made the cut outside Booths supermarket in Cherestanc Square, Garstang.

Coun Perkins said: “Our town crier read a special cry, then my sister cut off my hair.”

Coun Perkins also invited schoolchildren to come along and throw wet sponges at her.

She said: “It was interesting to say the least, especially when I had buckets of water thrown over me.

“My friend Gemma Crabtree had a whip-round and paid £50 to have a full bucket of water.“

Why a head shave? Especially since she not so long ago sold off her hats to raise cash for her mayoral charity?

“Because it’s cheap, there were no overheads,” she quipped. “This stunt cost nothing, so every penny will go into the charity’s funds.

“My husband Alan had dementia, and I know only too well how it can affect lives.”