A blushing bride has come up with a novel way to raise funds for charity – by having her head shaved on her wedding day.
Bride-to-be Roxanna Falla is going for the chop after the ceremony and before her wedding reception when she marries partner Michael Greaves, aged 30, in Sheffield in September.
Roxanna, aged 31, from Swallownest, Rotherham, said she came up with the idea because she wanted to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK in memory of her grandfather Walter Muir Falla.
He died from lung cancer when she was aged just 16 –despite never having smoked a cigarette in his life.
Roxanna said: “My papa died from lung cancer when I was 16 and we were very close.
“Not having him here and him not being able to see me at my wedding got me thinking.
“I’ve always thought about shaving my hair for Cancer Research, I’ve just been looking for the right day – a day that will make my head shave stand out and help me make more money for the charity.”
Blonde Roxanna, who has straight, shoulder-length hair said her fiance Michael, a chef at Rotherham Council, was happy for her to whip out the clippers.
She said: “I don’t think he wanted me to do it before the ceremony, but he understands the reason why I’m doing it.
“I think he’s just scared in case I look better with a bald head than he does.”
The wedding is taking place in September at The Garrison Hotel in Hillsborough.
Roxanna, who has two children aged 13 and nine from a previous relationship, said: “My Papa Wattie will always be held deeply in my heart.
“The memories he has left me with fill my heart with joy and this is just my way of giving something back.”
n Log on to www.justgiving.com/roxanna-falla to make a donation.