Colyton head shave raises thousands for medical charity

PUBLISHED: 12:11 29 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:11 29 April 2013

The head shave  fund raisers after being shorn. Photo by Darren Chester

The head shave fund raisers after being shorn. Photo by Darren Chester


Four sisters and two pals have their long locks shorn and collect more than £7,500 to help EB sufferers

Four Colyton sisters and two friends had their heads shaved on Saturday - and raised more than £7,500 for a specialist medical charity.

Having their long locks shorn were siblings Ruth Fouracre Harriet Fouracre, Hannah Lawton and Rachel Dennis along with their friends Tanita Retter and Colin Baker.

The snipping was carried out by hair stylist Holly Parker – from Holly’s Hair Boutique, in Honiton.

The money raised will go to Debra, the charity which supports research into the cause and treatment of Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

Children born with this genetic condition suffer throughout their lives. It causes blistering and shearing of the skin and internal linings from the gentlest friction, often from simple day-to-day activities. Children suffering from this disease need constant care and support.

Whilst considerable progress has been made in recent years in understanding EB and identifying the genes that cause the condition, there is still no effective treatment or cure.

Amongst those at the head shave was Ben Merrett, Chief Executive Officer of Debra, who lives in Uplyme. He was presented with a cheque for just over £6,268 but since then further money has been added to the total.

To find out more about DEBRA, the charity supporting EB research and care, visit or visit the Fouracre sisters’ Just Giving website at

* The ‘after’ picture shows snipper Holly Parker and Debra CEO Ben Merrett. Photos by Darren Chester

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