Religious education teacher Rio Williams wanted to put a smile on her pupils’ faces and raise money for charity – so she chopped off her long hair.
The 28-year-old, head of RE at Moorside High School in Werrington, completed the challenge in aid of the UHNM Charity and the Little Princess Trust. She has already raised more than £1,200.
Rio, from Stone, said: “I wanted to cheer my pupils up and keep their morale high. I talk to my form class and tell them that they have to stay positive and keep themselves busy by focusing on something. I wanted to make them laugh and give them something to focus on.”
The mum-of-one said: “When I was younger I had a curve in my spine and the Royal Stoke sorted me out. I remember I was doing my GCSEs at the time and they were amazing. They changed my life.
“My little boy, Kai, has cerebral convulsions – they started when he was six months old. Every single time we have been to the hospital with him the staff have been amazing and so caring. They’ve done a lot for us so we wanted to give back. And they need it now more than ever under the current circumstances.
Rio’s hair will be donated to the Little Princess Trust – a charity that makes wigs for children and young people who have lost their hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.
Rio explained: “I have saved the hair as it can’t be donated just yet but I checked before and they told me to keep it safe until I can safely send it to them.
“I followed a video tutorial of how to cut my hair properly – including putting it into the bobbles – and how to keep it safe afterwards.
“The hardest part emotionally was the first cut. My husband helped me to tidy it up afterwards and Kai couldn’t stop touching my head. He was laughing and running in and out of the room.
“I thought he’d cry but he was jumping up and down and even helped me to put the hair into the envelope afterwards. He always pulls my hair usually so at least this will stop him doing that!”
You can donate to Rio’s fundraising efforts here.
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