Dagenham kitched assistant has close shave for charity

PUBLISHED: 15:17 22 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:08 22 June 2018

Emma Ashford before and after her charity head shave. Picture: Emma Ashford

Emma Ashford before and after her charity head shave. Picture: Emma Ashford

Emma Ashford

Hair today, gone tomorrow.

This is what a Dagenham kitchen assistant must have thought after she had a close shave for charity.

Farmway resident Emma Ashford bid farewell to her pixie cut on Thursday to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).

The 27-year-old is support the charity in honour of her grandmother Nancy, who died 10 years ago after being diagnosed with the disease (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease).

“She was a huge part of my and my sister’s life,” Emma told the Post, adding: “She just deteriorated so quickly.

A lack of awareness of motor neurone disease means some patients may struggle to get the help they need, Emma added.

Referring to her grandma’s diagnosis, she said: “We had no idea what that [MND] was, only that Stephen Hawking had it.”

“MND affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time,” according to the charity.

To donate to Emma, click here.

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