Colyton sisters' hair razing scheme

PUBLISHED: 07:58 17 April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:58 17 April 2013

Harriet Fouracre, Tanita Retter, Hannah Lawton and  Rachel Dennis.

Harriet Fouracre, Tanita Retter, Hannah Lawton and Rachel Dennis.

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Fouracre family plan a head shave to raise money for research into a chronic skin condition

Four Colyton sisters and two friends are set to have their long hair publicly shorn – to raise money for a worthy cause.

They are having their heads shaved at a special event in the town to promote awareness of and collect funds for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

In addition to raising money through sponsorship they plan to donate the hair for use in children’s wigs.

Going under the scissors at the event at St. Andrew’s Church Sunday School On Saturday, April 27 will be sisters Ruth Fouracre

Harriet Fouracre, Hannah Lawton and Rachel Dennis along with their friend Tanita Retter. Fifth Fouracre sister Beth decided her hair was too short to make a worthwhile contribution so she nominated boyfriend Colin Baker to stand in for her.

Coffee will be served from 9.30am and there will be a cake stall, raffle and music,

The snipping, which starts at 10.30am will be carried out by Holly’s Hair Boutique, from Honiton, who have volunteered their services for the event.

The funds raised will go to the charity DEBRA which supports research into the cause and treatment of 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.

The Fouracre sisters and their friends have already raised over £2,500 for DEBRA, and are hoping to make it £5,000 with their hair-raising event.

To find out more about DEBRA, the charity supporting EB research and care, visit http://www.debra.org.uk

To donate either funds or cake in support of the event please contact Hannah Lawton on 01404 47648 or visit the Just Giving website at www.justgiving.com/hannah-lawton

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