It’s a close shave - but Sam’s hair-raising efforts pay off

Sam Crossland has her head shaved for The Stroke Association at Granny Hall Lane One Stop Shop, Brighouse, with, from the left, manager Heather Cooke, Beth Grimley, Linsey Jowett and Danny Harris.
Sam Crossland has her head shaved for The Stroke Association at Granny Hall Lane One Stop Shop, Brighouse, with, from the left, manager Heather Cooke, Beth Grimley, Linsey Jowett and Danny Harris.

It was a hair-raising moment for Sam Crossland when she lost her dark brown locks for the second time in her life.

41-year-old Sam, a shift manager at the One Stop Shop in Hove Edge, has raised more than £700 for the Stroke Association by having her head shaved for charity.

Sam Crossland has her head shaved by manager Heather Cooke for The Stroke Association at Granny Hall Lane One Stop Shop, Brighouse.

Sam Crossland has her head shaved by manager Heather Cooke for The Stroke Association at Granny Hall Lane One Stop Shop, Brighouse.

Thirteen years ago she put herself through the same ordeal for Comic Relief.

“At least I knew what I was in for this time but I must admit I had forgotten how much it itches when the hair starts to grow back,” said Sam.

Sam was prompted to raise money after one of the One Stop Shop’s area manager’s suffered a stroke at the age of 33. “As a company we raise money for a different charity every month but this time we decided to really make an effort to raise as much money as possible for the Stroke Association over two months.

“It really made an impact when our colleague had a stroke at such a young age - and sadly he won’t fully recover. We really want to highlight the fact that strokes can affect people of any age and help raise awareness of what can be done to prevent them.”

Sam said that customers, friends and family had been very supportive and had cheered her on at the head shave, which was carried out by manager Heather Cooke.

“My husband Ian wasn’t the least bit surprised when I said I was going to have my head shaved again - he knows that I’m quite determined! And my son Connor, who is 15, has been making up a different nickname for me every day. He brought down a group of his mates to watch me lose my hair!”