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Chop chop . . . Oamaru beautician Beverley Judd will shave her head to support Hospice Awareness Week, which runs until Sunday. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD

Beverley Judd will soon lose her long, flowing locks in support of a good cause.

The Oamaru beautician, who owns Oak Villa Beauty Spa, will shave her head this month in support of Hospice Awareness Week, which started on Monday and wraps up on Sunday.

She said it was an easy decision to part with her hair, which she had been growing for more than a year in preparation.

“I made my decision because a close relative of mine had breast cancer and she lost her hair for that. The only time she showed any emotion was when she lost her hair. It’s such a daunting thing for a lady to lose her hair.”

After Ms Judd’s relative fought and beat breast cancer, she was later diagnosed with leukaemia, and is now about a year through a two-year course of recovery treatment.

As Ms Judd’s hair was “quite short” at the time, she didn’t feel it warranted being shaved off at that point.

Now, though, she believed the timing was perfect.

“I thought, if I shaved it at that short length, it wouldn’t be as important, so I started growing it. It seemed like it was the right thing to do.”

She was not concerned about her impending haircut, and said the only emotion she would feel would be the fact she was doing it for her close relative.

Ms Judd has so far raised about $600 for the hospice, and has a target of $5000.

She said the hospice provided a “great” service to the community and supporting the organisation was an “easy choice”.

The shave is scheduled to take place on May 21 at the Oamaru Farmers’ Market, depending on the weather.

Donations to Ms Judd’s fund can be made through her Givealittle page, Beverley’s Hair Raising Event.