Town’s mayor set to lose locks for charity

First it was 'hats off' for Sandra Perkins when she sold her extensive headwear collection for charity ' now it is her hair that is to go
First it was 'hats off' for Sandra Perkins when she sold her extensive headwear collection for charity ' now it is her hair that is to go
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The outgoing Mayor of Garstang Coun Sandra Perkins is expecting a very close shave at her last public engagement on Saturday.

It will see her shaving off her own hair in memory of her late husband.

The occasion will round off a year of events for Coun Perkins, who has just been elected to represent Garstang on 
Lancashire County Council.

She said: “Saturday is my final mayoral occasion, and I am getting my head shaved.

“At my age I do think it’s a bit drastic, but I wanted to do something that didn’t have any overheads – so to speak!”

Coun Perkins has spent the year raising money for the dementia research project at Hope Hospital and Alexandra House in Lancaster, a respite home for disabled children.

But this final occasion will just be raising money for dementia research, a cause close to her heart.

Coun Perkins’ husband, who died in 2011, suffered a dementia. She said: “It is an emotive choice. It is a wonderful charity and the money will go straight to fund research and treatment.”

And not content with cutting off her hair, Coun Perkins, who used to be a primary school teacher, is also inviting schoolchildren to come along and throw wet sponges at her.

She said: “Well I might as well – the water won’t spoil my hair. I wanted to do something that would support the charity, but wouldn’t have too much outlay. I try to do things cheap and cheerful.

“I get on very well with the children and I have done a lot with them during my year as mayor so they all know me.

“It means they can have a bit of fun and hopefully they parents will put their hands in their pockets again and donate some money to charity for the sponges.”

Other fundraising she has done this year has included selling off around 40 of her hats she acquired during her year as Garstang’s first citizen.

Coun Perkins’ younger sister will make the cut outside Booths supermarket on Cherestanc Square, Windsor Road, Garstang, on May 25, beginning at 11am.