A hearing assistant from Dingwall has made the bold choice to shave her head in aid of Highland Hospice and donate her long locks to the Little Princess Trust.

Ria Coles, a Specsavers audiologist assistant at Specsavers Dingwall, wanted to make an impact with her fundraising to encourage as much support as possible for her chosen charity – Highland Hospice.

As more than 20 inches of hair was chopped from Ria’s head, she was able to donate it to be made into a wig. The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs for children suffering from hair loss, whether that is a result of alopecia or cancer treatment.

The Specsavers Dingwall team supported their colleague by spreading the word of this great cause and collecting donations in store. Ria faced the clippers in the High Street opticians on Saturday 27 January.

Over the moon with fundraising total

Ria said: ‘I initially started out with a fundraising target of £250 and I am over the moon to say I’ve received more than £630 in sponsorship so far. Thank you to everyone for their support and generosity.’

A cause close to our hearts

Gavin Wreath, store director at Specsavers Dingwall, said: ‘Highland Hospice is a cause close to the hearts of many of us in Dingwall so we were delighted to support Ria and her brave choice of fundraising. Well done for being such a great sport, and thank you to everyone who contributed to our latest fundraising efforts.’

The in store donations combined with sponsorship from colleagues and family members meant £637 has been raised for Highland Hospice so far.

Donations are still being collected online, to support Ria’s fundraising efforts please click here

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