Landlady shaves head to support dad's cancer fight
A PUB landlady has shaved her head as a way of supporting her father, who has been diagnosed with cancer.
Alison Riley recently found out her dad Tony, 74, who lives in Speedwell, had an aggressive form of cancer and had to start chemotherapy.
He had already lost his three sisters to the disease and his family were understandably shocked when they found out about his diagnosis.
Alison said: "When my dad started chemotherapy I got upset about him losing his hair because I can remember being little playing with his hair and he would let me spike it up and put it into a mohican, and all sorts of unusual styles.
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"He has had a really rough time over the last couple of months, but he and mum are so positive. He has had two lots of chemotherapy and is starting his third this week.
"I got very upset when I found out he had cancer, but then realised I needed to be positive – so straight away I said 'right, if dad is losing his hair I'm losing mine with him', and so the idea of a charity day came together."
Alison, 41, and her partner Dave Fudge, 37, who run the King William IV pub in Broad Street, Staple Hill, wanted to turn Alison's idea of shaving her head into a charity event to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK.
They held a charity day on Saturday, which started with a football match in Page Park between the pub's Tuesday and Thursday night football teams, continuing afterwards back at the pub with band Roxy singing for free all afternoon.
They also had bingo, a quiz, face painting, a barbecue, and a raffle.
On Saturday night solo singer Woodchuck performed at the pub and then Alison had her long dark hair shaved off, raising more than £2,500 for the charity.
She said: "We have some amazing staff who were all up for dressing up and being auctioned off.
"They were so helpful and I don't know what I would do without them.
"Our customers were also really generous and helpful and I am overwhelmed by their generosity.
"A few people even said they would pay me not to have it done but there was no talking me out if it!"
You can still donate by visiting www.justgiving.com/aliriley122821.